Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht City Campus)

Biofuels Versus Food Production in a Globalising World

when 7 July 2014 - 18 July 2014
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 895

Biofuel production remains highly controversial. First, biofuel production, such as oil palm, stimulates rural development, but is also said to cause widespread environmental degradation and compete with food production land. Related to climate change, supporters of biofuels say that biofuel are an alternative low carbon fuel. However, opponents state that most biofuel production replaces forests, thereby increasing CO2 emissions. This course will introduce participants to these multiple dimensions of biofuels from an interdisciplinary perspective, focussing on countries in Africa and Asia. Students will gain the interdisciplinary perspective on biofuels from conservationists, NGOs, the private sector and the academic world.

Course leader

Femke van Noorloos

Target group

The course is useful for Masters' students, academics and practitioners from anywhere in the world who are interested in or work in the field of biofuel production, natural resource management, conflict studies etc.

Course aim

At the end of this course the participants will have a thorough knowledge of the current problems, academic and policy debates related to biofuels in general, and oil palm in particular and its effects on sustainable development. In addition however, we also seek for possible answers and solutions to enable a more sustainable development in which biofuels play a part. The guiding question is how to optimize the link between biofuel production, sustainable development including climate change and poverty alleviation in producing areas in the South.

Fee info

EUR 895: € 895 - Course + course materials + housing
€ 560 - Course + course materials

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