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Dr. Luana Ladu

Lupe [1]

Technische Universität Berlin
Chair of Economics
Secr. H 47
Room H 4139 A
Straße des 17. Juni 135
D-10623 Berlin

Consulting times: by arrangement


  • BioTOP [2] (Transformationsorientierte Innovationspolitik in der Bioökonomie)
  • Open-Bio [3]: Opening bio-based markets via standards, labelling and procurement
  • STAR4BBI [4]: Standards and regulations for the Bio-based Industry
  • STAR-Pro-Bio [5]: Sustainability Transition Assessment and Research of Bio-based Products

Research Interests

  • Bio-based economy: standardization, labelling, public procurement and market uptake of bio-based products.
  • Sustainability Assessment schemes (e.g. EU Ecolabel)
  • Foresight methodologies
  • ICT for development
  • Education and Vocational Training


  • The Bioeconomy in Transition Research Group (BiT-RG) [6]

Academic Career

  • Research fellow at the chair of innovation economics, TU Berlin, since April 2015
  • Master of Science in Economics, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, 2009
    - Master’s thesis: "Economic impact of the new EU energy policy on the Brazilian ethanol industry"
  • Magister in Economics and Business Administration, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, 2003
  • Exchange program with Bocconi University, University Torquato di Tella, Buenos Aires, 2001

Professional Experience

  • Currently TU Berlin
  • From 2010 until April 2015 project manager at ABUplus International GmbH, Berlin, Germany
  • From 2009 until 2010 Consultant for International Cooperation at Unione Barbagia dei Comuni (Union of 8 Sardinian Municipalities), Nuoro, Italy
  • From 2004 until 2007 Consultant for the ICT for Development Division at Inter American Development Bank, Washington, DC, United States

Publications (Selection)

  • Ladu, L. (2020).
    The governance of genome editing techniques for the European bio-based industry [7]
    Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
    (DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2020.1850247)
  • Gottinger, A., Ladu, L., Quitzow, R. (2020).
    Studying the Transition towards a Circular Bioeconomy—A Systematic Literature Review on Transition Studies and Existing Barriers [8]
    Sustainability (2020)
  • Moosmann, D., Majer, S., Ugarte, S., [...], Thrän, D. (2020)
    Strengths and gaps of the EU frameworks for the sustainability assessment of bio-based products and bioenergy. [9]International Journal of Standardization Research
    Sustainability and Society (2020)
  • Ladu, L., Imbert, E., Quitzow, R., & Morone, P. (2019)
    The role of the policy mix in the transition toward a circular forest bioeconomy. Forest Policy and Economics, 101937.
  • Ladu, L., Janire, C. (2019).
    Regulatory and Standardization needs in bio-based industries. [10] [11]Report within the STAR4BBI Project.
  • H. Bos, M.van den Oever, L. Dammer, T. Babayan, L. Ladu, J. Clavell, M. Vrins (2019).
    Market entry barriers report. [12] STAR4BBI Report.
  • L. Ladu, S. Wurster, J. Clavell, S. van Iersel, S. Ugarte, M. Voogt, P. Falcone, E. Imbert, V. Tartiu, P. Morone , M. Crêpy, D. Fedrigo. (2019).
    Acceptance factors among consumers and businesses for biobased sustainability schemes. [13] Report of the Star-ProBio project.
  • L. Ladu, S. Wurster, D. Briassoulis, C. Briassoulis. (2019).
    Recommendations for Standards and criteria for eco-labels for bio-based products. [14] Report of Star-ProBio.
  • Imbert, E., Ladu, L., Tani, A., Morone, P. (2018).
    The transition towards a bio-based economy: A comparative study based on social network analysis. [15]
    Journal on Environmental Management 2019, Vol. 230, 255-265.
  • Majer, S., Wurster, S., Moosmann, D., Ladu, L., Sumfleth, B., Thrän, D. (2018).
    Gaps and Research Demand for Sustainability Certification and Standardisation in a Sustanable Bio-Based Economy in the EU. [16]
    Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2455.
  • Lokesh, K., Ladu, L., & Summerton, L. (2018). Bridging the Gaps for a ‘Circular’Bioeconomy: Selection Criteria, Bio-Based Value Chain and Stakeholder Mapping. [17] Sustainability, 10(6), 1695.
  • Imbert, E., Ladu, L., Morone, P., Quitzow, R. (2017). Comparing policy strategies for a transition to a bioeconomy in Europe: the case of Italy and Germany. [18] Energy Research & Social Science, 33, 70-81.
  • Ladu, L., & Blind, K. (2017). Overview of policies, standards and certifications supporting the European bio-based economy. [19] Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 8, 30-35.
  • Ladu, L., & Quitzow, R. (2017). Bio-Based Economy: Policy Framework and Foresight Thinking. [20] Morone, F. Papendiek and V.E. Tartiu (eds.), Food Waste Reduction and Valorisation (pp. 167-195). Springer International Publishing.

Luana Ladu
+49 (0)30 314 76858
Room H 4139 A
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