Jan Starke obtained a B.A in Political Sciences and Law from Münster University (Germany) (2014) and an M.Sc in Sustainable Development: Environmental Governance from Utrecht University (2017, cum laude). Furthermore, he is LL.M candidate in Sustainability Law: Energy, Resources & Environment at Leuphana Professional School Lüneburg (Germany). After working as Head Quality Management in a chemical-technical laboratory, he started a PhD project at Wageningen University & Research within the AgRefine project on next-generation bioeconomy research.
His research deals with governance arrangements for next-generation biorefinery technology. The development of innovative biorefinery technologies inherently challenges existing policies and legal frameworks, and may trigger societal controversies due to uncertainties, conflicting frames, or poor stakeholder involvement. The project aims at analysing controversy mechanisms, policy and legal framework mismatches and aspires to design suitable policy frameworks including stakeholder participation.