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BEFORT Nicolas

  • briefcase Finance
  • quality PhD, Management, Economics
Areas of research
  • Industrial economy
  • Innovation economics
  • Bioeconomy
  • Sustainable transition
  • Institutions
  • Sustainable Economics

Nicolas received his PhD in Economic Sciences from University of Reims Champagne Ardenne. Nicolas’s research investigates emergence and structure of a bio-economy. Nicolas worked with Nova-Institut (Hürth, Germany) which is specialized in bio-economy and supports the European Commission on economic and techno-economic studies for the transition towards the use of bio sourced materials. He also participated in the “CO2-Dissolved” project related to a post-doctoral contract with the Economic Laboratory of Orléans. He develops research at the frontier between ecological economics, innovation economics and the transition to sustainability studies. Thus, he develops research on the organisation modes of the biorefineries, on transition to the Bioeconomy policies and on resource management in the transition to sustainability. Nicolas is professor of economics in the Finance Department (Campus Reims), he is a member of the Industrial BioEconomy Chair, he is in charge of the academic development of the Chair.

Latest publications

  • De la variété des stratégies d’ancrage territorial des firmes en Chimie Doublement Verte
  • Régulation, verrous technologiques et transition écologique : le cas des formaldéhydes
  • Lectures : BIRCH K (2017) Innovation, regional development and the life sciences – beyond clusters, Londres et New York, 147 p.
  • The Hijacking of the Bioeconomy
  • Going beyond definitions to understand tensions within the bioeconomy: The contribution of sociotechnical regimes to contested fields
  • The promises of drop-in vs. functional innovations: The case of bioplastics
  • Transition du régime agroindustriel européen vers la bioéconomie : Life Sciences versus Agroécologie
  • Chapter 24 - Technological Lock-In and Pathways for Crop Diversification in the Bio-Economy
  • Transitions towards a European bioeconomy