Developing Bioenergy Governance

Research summary

The objectives of the project are to analyze the emergence of bioenergy governance systems and regulation from a transnational scale to local environments. This research project aims to study means how the conflicts are dealt with and develop tools to include stakeholders to governance processes. The study aims to: 1) Study how conflicts and stakeholder involvement are taken into account in the emerging transnational BEG by focusing on two cases: Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and EU bioenergy policy. 2) Scrutinize concrete local bioenergy projects through case studies in Europe and Africa (Kenya, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone). 3) Examine bioenergy conflicts globally by constructing a broad database, as well as develop related educational resources.


With some more papers under review in international journals, some of the main research findings can be found already from:

Arevalo, J. Ochieng, R., Mola-Yudego, B. & Gritten, D. 2014. Understanding bioenergy conflicts: case of a jatropha project in Kenya's Tana Delta. Land Use Policy (DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.05.002; in press)

Kortelainen, J & Albrecht, M. 2014. Translation Loops and Shifting Rationalities of Transnational Bioenergy Governance. In -Governing the Climate; New Approaches to Rationality, Power and Politics. Johannes Stripple & Harriet Bulkeley (Eds). Cambridge

Arevalo, J., Halder, P., Kortelainen, J. & Mola-Yudego, B. 2014. Bioenergy: from local conflicts to global governance. OGEL Journal (in press, advanced copy available at the project website).

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Research title
Developing Bioenergy Governance

Research timeline
1.9.2011 - 1.6.2014

bioenergy conflicts Europe governance


Burkina Faso, Finland, Kenya, Sierra Leone

University of Eastern Finland
Department of Geographical and Historical Studies
Joensuu, Finland

Head of research
Prof. Jarmo Kortelainen

Research team
Jarmo Kortelainen, Javier Arevalo, Moritz Albrecht

Department of Geographical and Historical Studies University of Eastern Finland, School of Forest Sciences University of Eastern Finland, local partners in Europe and Africa

Contact information
Javier Arevalo
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