• 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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    Research Output

    Achieving socially robust energy systems: common challenges and solutions from responsible research and innovation, value sensitive design and energy justice scholarship

    Jenkins, K. E. H., Spruit, S., Milchram, C., Höffken, J. I. & Taebi, B., Jan 2020, (Submitted) In : Energy Research and Social Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • A holistic approach to evaluate building performance gap of green office buildings: A case study in China

    Wu, X., Lin, B., Papachristos, G., Liu, P. & Zimmermann, N., 15 May 2020, In : Building and Environment. 175, 15 p., 106819.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    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

    Current developments in the community energy: cVPP and the MoRe model

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Invited speaker)
    30 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


    Anna J. Wieczorek (Organiser)
    24 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Community energy for a just European energy transition

    Natascha van Bommel (Speaker)
    15 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Student theses

    Actors' influence on the implementation of MaaS: (re)defining the Dutch MaaS ecosystem and its inherent innovation risks

    Author: Leber, B., 31 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Sadowski, B. M. (Supervisor 1), Jeekel, J. (. (Supervisor 2) & Papachristos, G. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    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