International Urban Bioeconomy as Societal Change Conference

March 18 - 20, 2020


Lehmkuhlenbusch 4
27753 Delmenhorst



  • Thorsten Kluß, Carolin Johannsen & Marie-Helene Wichmann
    University of Bremen

This conference is a joint event of the four research areas of the HWK:
Brain, Earth, Energy, and Society.

Social, economic and ecologic systems are increasingly under pressure, due to climate change, demographic and economic processes as well as a variety of further environmental changes, to be observed in rural as well as urban landscapes. Bioeconomy is seen as a response to these challenges. There are many challenges, opportunities and open questions regarding bioeconomy, consumption and resource usage in urban areas as a potential pathway to achieve sustainable development.

Especially in urban areas sharing economy, information and communication technology (ICT), and digitized communication are a part of bioeconomic societal transformation. 

One of the main questions tackles access and obstacles for various social groups, caused by access to knowledge or capital intensity. Additionally we ask how agency can be conceived theoretically and practically in this context. When is the conceptualization of agency suitable as a capacity for action or a power to act?

Please click here to download the Call for Papers of this conference.

More information is available on the homepage of the conference.


The conference program will be published soon.