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If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock, Build a Door: Reflecting on a Bioeconomy Policy Agenda for Ireland

Laura Anne Devaney and Maeve Henchion
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Laura Anne Devaney: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Dublin
Maeve Henchion: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Dublin

The Economic and Social Review, 2017, vol. 48, issue 2, 207-229

Abstract: The development of the bioeconomy offers an alternative economic mode of growth whereby renewable biological resources are transformed to meet food, feed, fuel and fibre needs. Ireland however lacks a cohesive bioeconomy policy to guide this development. Drawing on a strategic analysis of the resource base in Ireland, this paper sets the scene for the development of the Irish bioeconomy. A number of case study opportunities are outlined, followed by a critical analysis of Irish bioeconomy-related policy. The analysis culminates in a bioeconomy policy illustration that highlights the number of competing interests in the bioeconomy arena, alongside the wider governance context that will influence the development of a comprehensive national bioeconomy policy.

Keywords: bioeconomics; policy; Ireland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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