Research profile of the Master's program

Graduate students  in research programs of the Innovation Sciences sub-department are brought together in the Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies (ECIS), a leading European research school focusing on the study of innovation

The research mission of ECIS is to enhance our understanding of the sources, nature and effects of innovation processes. The research aims to provide useful insights for an effective governance/management of innovation processes at regional, national and international levels. This research is structured by the following five major research programs: 

  • Artifacts, Agents and Normativity
  • Modern Societies in Transition
  • Psychology of Human-Technology Interaction
  • System Innovations & Sustainability Transitions
  • Technology Flows, Knowledge Economy & Economic Performance

All these research programs look at innovation as a process involving a variety of interacting actors (firms, public research institutes, universities, consumers, users, etc.). Consequently, ECIS promotes an interdisciplinary approach to innovation studies and one of the distinguishing features of ECIS is precisely to stimulate synergies and interactions between different disciplinary perspectives and methodologies both in the social sciences and humanities on innovation-related topics.

In order to stimulate such synergies, ECIS frequently organizes workshops, seminars and conferences. Students are invited to the seminars and might also participate in the other events. For more information see: