Theoretical perspectives on innovation for waste valorisation in the bioeconomy
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Original versionBugge, M. M., Bolwig, S., Hansen, T. & Tanner, A. N. (2019). Theoretical perspectives on innovation for waste valorisation in the bioeconomy. In A. Klitkou, A. M. Fevolden & M. Capasso (Eds.), From Waste to Value: Valorisation Pathways for Organic Waste Streams in Circular Bioeconomies (51-70). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
This book is anchored in a systemic and evolutionary understanding of how society evolves through technological development and innovation that are socially embedded and conditioned by actors, networks and institutions. This chapter outlines the conceptual framework for the empirical case studies in the book, which will present the innovative dynamics of turning waste into value in breweries, forestry-based industry, meat production, dairy production and urban waste management. The chapter starts by introducing the notion of the circular bioeconomy and interpreting it as an ongoing and broader transition in society. Here we account for the generic and pervasive nature of the bioeconomy as well as the benefits and overall objectives associated with the current transition towards a more circular economy. Following this introduction, waste is presented as a potentially valuable resource within the bioeconomy.