Professor Regina Birner is Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute of the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Her research focuses on policies, governance and institutions that are essential for global food security and the bioeconomy. Gender is a cross-cutting theme of her research. Regina Birner has more than 25 years of empirical research experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her latest research deals with digital innovations in agriculture and the bioeconomy. From 2012 to 2019, Regina Birner was a member of the Advisory Council on Bioeconomy of the German Federal Government.