Strategic niche management : towards a policy tool for sustainable development

M.C.J. Caniëls, H.A. Romijn

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

91 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)


Strategic niche management (SNM) is a recently developed approach that could help induce a broad socio-technical transition towards more sustainable development. It is designed to facilitate the introduction and diffusion of new sustainable technologies through protected societal experiments in fields such wind energy, biogas, public transport systems, electric vehicle transport and eco-friendly food production. A major challenge in SNM concerns the processes by which such experiments can evolve into viable market niches and ultimately contribute to a broader shift towards sustainable development. This paper sheds more light on this issue by systematically consolidating the main SNM studies, and by bringing in new insights from the literature that is in some sense complementary to SNM. These are studies on the development and commercialisation of radical innovations in large companies, and literature about infant industry protection and broader industrialisation processes in developing countries. A number of suggestions for implementing SNM are given
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-266
Number of pages21
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


Dive into the research topics of 'Strategic niche management : towards a policy tool for sustainable development'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this