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Chair in Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development

The economics and management of the ecological transition, pillars of a sustainable change.

Since 2012, the Chair has been studying how the bioeconomy is contributing towards the ecological transition

The bioeconomy refers to the transitional movement towards the use of biomass in place of fossil fuels. Along with the circular economy and the development of green energy, it is one of the most important projects both in Europe and around the world for ensuring a successful transition.

NEOMA is one of the few Business Schools to have a business management team dedicated to this issue.

Led by Nicolas Béfort the NEOMA Business School Chair in Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development is located both on the Reims Campus and also at the European Centre for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB, at Pomacle-Bazancourt, France).

For the 2017-2021 period, the Chair will receive €1,8m in funding from:

The Greater Reims Urban Community (37%),
NEOMA BS (27%),
The Marne region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (19%),
The Fondation du site Paris-Reims (17%).


The Chair conducts activity together with members of the CEBB (AgroParisTech, CentraleSupélec and URCA), as well as with its academic and industry partners.

Areas of research

Researchers at the NEOMA Business School Chair in Industrial Bioeconomy are studying:

  • How firms are developing new low-carbon products
  • How innovations in bioeconomy could help change the paradigm of the current economy
  • How this transition could benefit the area

With this in mind, the Chair has established two areas of research:

  1. Developing sustainable agriculture for the bioeconomy and diverse regions

    The Chair is aiming to characterise today’s agriculture in order to identify strategic opportunities for developing resilient agriculture throughout the regions. To achieve this, the Chair is studying different types of agricultural organisation (such as cooperatives) and innovations which can facilitate the ecological transition of agriculture.

  2. Bioeconomy value chains, between territories and globalisation

    The Chair aims to investigate the reconstruction dynamics of bioeconomy value chains from the point of view of both firms and regions, in order to facilitate the emergence of sustainable models. To achieve this, the Chair is looking into the value chains of new products (such as algae or bioplastics), businesses’ innovation and sustainability strategies, as well as different regions’ policies.

Areas of expertise

  • Ecological economics
  • Institutional economics
  • Transition studies
  • Industrial and organisational economics
  • Economics of science and innovation
  • Marketing and strategy of sustainable products
  • Agricultural and environmental economics


  • Measures, indicators and data necessary for analysis, monitoring, and forecasting
  • Quantitative and qualitative empirical approaches
  • Use and incorporation of CEBB members’ scientific and technological knowledge

The Chair is a member of the IAR Cluster

“IAR is the leading French Bioeconomy Cluster, in Europe and internationally, with over 400 members, ranging from upstream agriculture to the marketing of finished products: agricultural cooperatives, research institutions and universities, companies of all sizes, public stakeholders, etc.”


Visiting the Chair

The NEOMA Chair in Industrial Bioeconomy is located at the CEBB, yet also has offices at NEOMA Business School Reims – Campus 1.

Visiting the Chair in Reims: NEOMA Business School Reims – Campus 1, 59 Rue Pierre Tattinger, 51100 Reims, France

Visiting the Chair in Pomacle-Bazancourt: Centre Européen de Biotechnologie et Bioéconomie, 3 Rue des Rouges-Terres, 51110 Pomacle, France

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