• Groene Loper, Atlas 8.409



  • P.O. Box 513, Atlas 5.402

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

We research innovation and socio-technical transitions towards a more sustainable society.

Highlighted phrase

Inventions are great, but an invention is not yet an innovation, and not all innovations have a positive impact on society.

Organisational profile

Technological innovations offer many opportunities to address key societal challenges in areas like sustainable energy, mobility, Europeanization and Globalization. However, change is not only about the mere availability of such innovative technologies (like renewable energy technologies or cleaner cars), but rather requires a transformation of existing socio-technical systems: a transition. This includes changes in firm strategies, consumer behavior, social practices, institutions and regulations, etc. Different aspects of such transition processes cannot be studied in isolation, but require a broader, systems-oriented perspective. In our view, society shapes technological progress, but technological progress also shapes our society. Technologies intertwine with radical transformations in work, travel, communication, and private life.

The Technology, Innovation & Society (TIS) group at TU/e is unique in combining questions on innovation and long-term transitions, and aspire to be a leading group in this field worldwide. We have a strong embedding in relevant social science and humanities disciplines such as innovation studies, economics of innovation, Science- and Technology Studies (STS) TS, sustainability transition studies, and history of technology. We study sustainable innovation and transitions in systemic, transdisciplinary, and transnational perspective.

Societal relevance is at the heart of almost all we do at the TIS group. Many of our studies involve governments, companies, NGOs, and users. This helps us to enable smooth transitions and leverage the benefits of innovations, but interaction with these parties has also resulted in new research methodologies and approaches as well as significant contributions to theory development and refinement. With our work, we aim to contribute to a more sustainable society.

The research focus of TIS covers both short term processes (innovations) and long term, pervasive processes (transitions), and addresses multiple aspects of the innovation journey – invention, innovation, diffusion, appropriation, governance, policy intervention, and societal implications locally and globally. Moreover, we believe that innovation/transition questions should be studied in a close linkage with technology. Being part of a technical university, TIS fully uses the opportunities that arise from this unique positioning and has collaboration with other departments at its core.

Our work is along three main axes:

  1. The systemic axis: from individual elements to the system level;
  2. The temporal axis: from short term experiments to long term transitions;
  3. The geographic axis: local, regional, national, European, global and the entanglements between these scales.

We have a special focus on the application domains of sustainable energy, sustainable mobility, and (green) ICT.

Our group works with many collaborative partners, including:

We also operate in many academic networks, including:

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innovation Earth & Environmental Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
energy Social Sciences
India Social Sciences
niche Earth & Environmental Sciences
patent Social Sciences
infrastructure Social Sciences

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Projects 2012 2022

JRC_ESS: Project for essentiality checks of Standard Essential Patents

Smulders, P. F. M., Smolders, A. B. (., Bekkers, R. N. A., Schulpen, R., Tur, E. M., Raiteri, E., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P.


Project: Research direct


Bekkers, R. N. A., Bekkers, R. N. A., Eijkemans, C., Jansen, R., Jansen, R., van der Kam, M., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Hegh, L.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1978 2020

Challenging Europe: technology, environment and the quest for resource security

Heymann, M., Kotchetkova, E., Högselius, P., Sparenberg, O., Martin, J., Åberg, A. & Veraart, F., 2020, (Submitted) In : Technology and Culture. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

power plant
Power plants


Disclosed Standard Essential Patents (dSEP) Database

Bekkers, R. N. A. (Creator), Catalini, C. (Creator), Martinelli, A. (Creator), Simcoe, T. (Creator), Righi, C. (Creator), Published by the creators of the dataset, Feb 2016



2014 Freeman Award for The book series Making Europe. Technology and Transformations, 1850-2000

Johan Schot (Recipient), 17 Sep 2014

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

2nd Price Young Investigator's Award Competition

Sue-Yen Tjong Tjin Tai (Recipient), 26 May 2012

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Alternative presentation WTMC list of publications

Tanja Manders (Recipient) & Mignon L. Wuestman (Recipient), 24 Nov 2017

Prize: OtherScientific


Activities 1986 2019

Between protest and expertise: user-generated cycling knowledge and the making of the Dutch cycling network, c. 1970-now

Henk-Jan Dekker (Speaker)
12 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

cVPP creating impact

Anna J. Wieczorek (Invited speaker)
4 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

The TU/e in Somalia & Somaliland: a tale of SDG7 challenges

Henny A. Romijn (Speaker)
28 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

Press / Media

Before we augment people with tech, we’ll need proper rules

Q.C. (Rinie) van Est


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

ECsens from University of Twente wins 4TU Impact Challenge

Jan M. Smits


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Adresseermachines: ontwikkeling en gebruik van adresseermachines in de administratie

Author: Klaassen, J. I., 1994

Supervisor: Lintsen, H. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Aggregators and flexibility in the Dutch electricity system

Author: Juffermans, J., 21 Dec 2018

Supervisor: Verbong, G. (Supervisor 1), Wieczorek, A. (Supervisor 2) & Nguyen, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A multi-level analysis of sustainable urban mobility transition in Hangzhou, China: the development of bike sharing and car sharing

Author: Li, C., 30 Nov 2017

Supervisor: Verbong, G. (Supervisor 1) & Schipper, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master