Financial sustainability and sustainable business models.
In assessing the economic performance of value chains, a common element is to identify the different actors, activities, flows, inputs and outputs through the ‘mapping of value chains’. Traditional ‘vertical’ mapping provides a linear description of product flows generally including only those actors who participate actively in the product lifecycle. Such approach ignores external actors (such as universities, research institutes, and governments) who could have a significant impact on value chain performance.
Initially based at Gent University under the supervision of Prof. Speelman, the candidate will develop a novel framework to identify linear and non-linear actors in the value chain to determine and quantify the impacts on the bioeconomy, agricultural and related sectors. Linked to this the candidate will identify, develop and evaluate the financial sustainability of innovative business models for the AgRefine sector.