New paper published: Circular Regulations (CR) for Bioeconomy Development

My new article “Circular Regulations (CR) for Bioeconomy Development” has just been published at the Journal of Sustainability Research.

The paper introduces the term Circular Regulations (CR). A broad regulatory framework, designed with a circular understanding of the economy.

Abstract: The term Circular Regulations (CR) is introduced to describe a broad regulatory framework, designed with a circular understanding of the economy. Central in this discussion is the transition towards bioeconomy, a term that is not always used consistently, and sometimes treated in the same way as circular economy (CE), although these terms are not necessarily equivalent. In this article we endorse a systemic interpretation of CE, where a continuum of approaches, extending from reusing/recycling/upcycling to refuse/rethink/reduce, gradually replace existing linear “end-of-life” concepts. CE is a key prerequisite for the bioeconomy shift, a transition that further builds on CE, where circular design and processes are further augmented with increased resource utilization and intensive applications of innovative science and technology. The prevailing regulatory arrangements in CE, however, remain either fragmented or largely based on pre-existing policies, drafted to address issues of the linear economy, thus presenting several limitations when dealing with the underlying paradigm shift: complex market relationships that go beyond the standard neoclassical model. CR adopts an encompassing approach to regulatory design; it is not meant to be a rigid set of rules, but rather a regulatory framework where institutions, market rules, and business practice explicitly account for environmental and socially responsible activities, while securing an enabling environment for innovation. CR directly reflects on CE, where bioeconomy growth is informed by science, enabled by technology, driven by business, and supported by relevant policies and institutional frameworks. The article presents a conceptual setting towards CR and a practical example for its development.

Lamprinakis, L. (2020). Circular Regulations (CR) for Bioeconomy Development. Journal of Sustainability Research, 2(3): e200021. Available online at the Journal’s website.

My paper makes it to the SSRN Top Ten List, for the second time

My paper “How to Successfully Change an Organization: Management Perceptions and Practices” is on the Top Ten download list of SSRN (Social Science Research Network by Elsevier), for the second time.

The paper made it again to the SSRN Top Ten on the category FoodSciRN: Dairy Foods (Topic), and as of 16 April 2020 has been downloaded 107 times.

The paper deals with the case of the dairy company Valio in Finland and its massive reorganization efforts. The paper is available online on both the journal and the SSRN.

Lamprinakis, L. (2017), How to Successfully Change an Organization: Management Perceptions and Practices. OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 10(5): 39-48.

New DataM dashboard on Bio-based industry and biorefineries

The database is now online and is accompanied by an interactive dashboard implemented in the EC Data portal of agro-economics Modelling (DataM) and in the EC Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy.


The online dashboard illustrates the extensive database of EU facilities producing different categories of bio-based products:

  • bio-based chemicals
  • liquid biofuels
  • bio-based composites and fibres
  • pulp and paper
  • biomethane
  • starch, sugar and derived products
  • timber (sawmills)

Available online:

Bioeconomy in Norway workshop

On October 30, 2019 we organized the workshop “Bioeconomy in Norway” at NIBIO. The program started with my introduction on bioeconomy challenges for Norway and included speakers from OsloMET and NMBU.

The issues we discussed covered different areas, such as: textiles and fibers, energy production (wind and biomass), bio refineries and enzymes, ecosystems service valuation.

Graduate course on cooperative theory and economics

Want to learn the theoretical foundations on cooperation and cooperatives? I will be offering the graduate course “Economics of cooperatives” at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU). The course follows an industrial organization (I/O) approach, covering advanced micro, vertical markets, market structures, cooperative theory, game theory. The course will take place November 4-7 at the EMU at Tartu, Estonia.

The course is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

BalticBiomass4Value – project meeting and field demonstration on biomethane (Tartu, Estonia).

The last meeting for the Interreg BSR project BalticBiomass4Value took place on October 10-11 at the Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu, Estonia.

Members of the consortium presented approximately 30 business cases and we discussed on the framework and methodology for sustainable development and dissemination of business models and cases in the BSR.

Source: FNR/Nitzschke

There was field demonstration of two Estonian enterprises, as best business case examples. Biometaan Ltd. and Mangeni PM Ltd. in the Kõo, Viljandi County. The idea is to use dairy production residues as feed stock for biomethane production.

BalticBiomass4Value (BB4V) website

The website for our project BalticBiomass4Value (BB4V) is now online!

The project is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region and will run over the next three years. BB4V is a big transnational partnership representing 8 countries and covering all the key markets across Europe. Norway is represented with NIBIO (Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research) and NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Sciences).

Our NIBIO team is the lead on WP 2 “Title Analysis of market outlook and future viability of different bioenergy products and value chains in the BSR energy system” where we collaborate with NMBU.

There is also a Norwegian description of the project, that is available on NIBIO’s website.