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

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  • Laura Anne Devaney

    (Teagasc Food Research Centre, Dublin)

  • Maeve Henchion

    (Teagasc Food Research Centre, Dublin)

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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.

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  • Laura Anne Devaney & Maeve Henchion, 2017. "If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock, Build a Door: Reflecting on a Bioeconomy Policy Agenda for Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 48(2), pages 207-229.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:48:y:2017:i:2:p:207-229
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