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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Whose transformation is this? Unpacking the 'apparatus of capture' in Sweden's bioeconomy

Holmgren, Sara; Giurca, Alexandru; Johansson, Johanna; Kanarp, Christoffer Soderlund; Stenius, Tove; Fischer, Klara;

Abstract

This study investigates how and by whom the Swedish (forest) bioeconomy has been shaped so far. We unpack emerging bioeconomies as discursive constructs and use the ‘apparatus of capture’ as a conceptual framework to understand and rethink the Swedish bioeconomy. Based on analysis of empirical data from multiple sources (e.g., online surveys, in-depth interviews, participatory observations), we identify a closed bioeconomy network structure that includes forest industries, major forest owner associations, regional councils and research institutes/universities. The network (re)produces three key storylines that appeal to the majority of parties in the national parliament, defines the boundaries of relevant expertise, and discredits environmental regulation and expertise. Through these storylines the Swedish bioeconomy is turned into an issue of innovation governance, which blurs the boundaries between public and private interests in forests. To counteract future capture, different types of knowledges and forest perspectives need further exploration in Swedish bioeconomy and forest governance.

Keywords

Sustainability transformations; Bioeconomy; Forest industry; Discourse; Sweden; Climate change

Published in

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

2022, volume: 42, pages: 44-57

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Giurca, Alexandru
University of Heidelberg
Johansson, Johanna
Södertörn University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG15 Life on land

UKÄ Subject classification

Public Administration Studies
Forest Science

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2021.11.005

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/114664