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Introductie / missie

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.

Over de organisatie

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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Projecten 2012 2022

JRC_ESS: project for essentiality checks of Standard Essential Patents

Smulders, P., Smolders, B., Bekkers, R., Schulpen, R., Mas Tur, E., Raiteri, E., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P.


Project: Onderzoek direct

Scaling up Co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation

Bombaerts, G., Bombaerts, G., van der Avoird, M., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Tsui, S., Astola, M., Laes, E., Wieczorek, A., Spahn, A., Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P., Reymen, I. & Royakkers, L.


Project: Onderzoek direct


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


Project: Onderzoek direct

Onderzoeksoutput 1978 2019

All the great things you can do with trademark data: taking stock and looking ahead

Castaldi, C., 2019, In : Strategic Organization.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
12 Citaties (Scopus)

An agenda for sustainability transitions research: state of the art and future directions

Köhler, J., Geels, F. W., Kern, F., Markard, J., Wieczorek, A., Alkemade, F., Avelino, F., Bergek, A., Boons, F., Fünfschilling, L., Hess, D., Holtz, G., Hyysalo, S., Jenkins, K., Kivimaa, P., Martiskainen, M., McMeekin, A., Mühlemeier, M. S., Nykvist, B., Onsongo, E. & 9 anderenPel, B., Raven, R., Rohracher, H., Sandén, B., Schot, J., Sovacool, B., Turnheim, B., Welch, D. & Wells, P., 1 jun 2019, In : Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 31, blz. 1-32

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
Sustainable development
social movement
civil society
Social Movements

Between metis and techne: politics, possibilities and limits of improvisation

Kumar, A., 24 jul 2019, In : Social and Cultural Geography.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
developing world


Disclosed Standard Essential Patents (dSEP) Database

Bekkers, R. (Ontwerper), Catalini, C. (Ontwerper), Martinelli, A. (Ontwerper), Simcoe, T. (Ontwerper), Righi, C. (Ontwerper), 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 (Ontvanger), 17 sep 2014

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

2nd Price Young Investigator's Award Competition

Sue-Yen Tjong Tjin Tai (Ontvanger), 26 mei 2012

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Alternative presentation WTMC list of publications

Tanja Manders (Ontvanger) & Mignon L. Wuestman (Ontvanger), 24 nov 2017

Prijs: AndersOverigWetenschappelijk


Activiteiten 1986 2019

Community-based Virtual Power Plant: A new model of energy system organisation

Anna J. Wieczorek (Hoofdspreker)
28 mrt 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesKeynote sprekerWetenschappelijk

Seminar "Nuclear weapons, computers and our relationship with technology: Perspectives on fear and technological developments"

Karena Kalmbach (Uitgenodigde spreker)
8 mrt 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerWetenschappelijk

External assessor, PhD thesis

Henny A. Romijn (Examinator)
20 feb 2019

Activiteit: Types examensExamenWetenschappelijk


Interreg en de Nederlandse Klimaatakkoord

Anna Wieczorek


1 mediabijdrage

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Lezing ‘De glorieuze doorbraak van stoom’ in Stoommachinemuseum

Harry Lintsen


1 item van media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar


Adresseermachines: ontwikkeling en gebruik van adresseermachines in de administratie

Auteur: Klaassen, J. I., 1994

Begeleider: Lintsen, H. (Afstudeerdocent 1)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Aggregators and flexibility in the Dutch electricity system

Auteur: Juffermans, J., 21 dec 2018

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: Li, C., 30 nov 2017

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master