Economics and Policies in a Biobased Economy

Lead your company to make the switch to biobased resources and build a profitable sustainable business. Learn how to deal with the economics and policies governing this transition and the implementation and learn how to measure the outcome.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Registration period

Tue 6 April 2021 until Tue 7 December 2021

Tue 3 August 2021 until Tue 5 April 2022


Tue 3 August 2021 until Tue 11 January 2022

Tue 7 December 2021 until Tue 10 May 2022

Duration 4 weeks, 12–20 hours per week
Price EUR 124.00
Certificate Limited course materials for free, full package (including exam and verified certificate) €124.
Course Format Online
Credits Certificate

Content of the course

In order to produce food in a sustainable way for an additional 2 billion people by 2050, a business-as-usual approach will not be sufficient. This is especially true in the face of climate change and other forces threatening natural resources like biodiversity, land and water that are essential for food production and agriculture, including forestry and fisheries. To meet these challenges, science and the application of biotechnologies as well as conventional technologies will play a key role.

Are you responsible for dealing with the economics and policies governing the transition- and implementation of biobased products and resources? Join the course Economics and Policies in a Biobased Economy and discover the whole value chain from Research & Development, over application, processing, retailing and final demand. Learn how the value chain and the rents and their distribution along the chain are affected by policies. Examples such as the benefits and costs of developing, cultivating, and marketing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be discussed extensively.

Upgrade your knowledge about the recent trends in the circular economy and in sustainable business. Know how to measure adoption and environmental benefits, learn about the benefits and costs and the distribution of sustainable products, market power, approval processes, supply chain, guiding policies and the current social debate.

MicroMaster® programme Economics and Policies for a Circular Bio-Economy

The MicroMasters programme Economics and Policies for a Circular Bio-Economy consists of series of 3 courses and a final capstone project, designed to help you develop the skills needed to seize opportunities and embrace the transition from a fossil-based economy to a biobased one.

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What you will learn

  • Explain the economic issues and policies affecting the biobased economy at the EU and international level
  • Identify the important factors driving the development of the circular bioeconomy
  • Assess the development of the circular bio-economy from an economic perspective

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