The DEBEG project is funded by University of Eastern Finland under the Call for Innovative Research Initiatives, under the leadership of Professor Jarmo Kortelainen.

The objectives of the project are to analyze the emergence of bioenergy governance (BEG) systems and regulation in Europe from a transnational scale to local environments. This research project aims to study means how the conflicts are dealt with and develop tools to include stakeholders to governance processes. The study aims to: 1) Study how conflicts and stakeholder involvement are taken into account in the emerging transnational BEG by focusing on two cases: Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and EU bioenergy policy. 2) Scrutinize concrete local bioenergy projects through 2 case studies, one in Finland and Estonia. 3) Examine bioenergy conflicts globally by constructing a broad database, as well as develop related educational resources.

Our multidisciplinary research team include various experienced researchers from two units of the University of Eastern Finland:

- From the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies:

-Professor Jarmo Kortelainen (project leader)

-Dr. Moritz Albrecht

 - From the School of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Science and Forestry:

-Adj Prof Blas Mola-Yudego

-Dr. Javier Arevalo

The team is completed by Dr. David Gritten, who is based at RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests,Thailand.

Additionally, a number of other researchers are associated to the project.