Inventions are great, but an invention is not yet an innovation, and not all innovations have a positive impact on society.
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.
OUR RESEARCH THEMES
The TU/e History Lab is a global center for the historical study of interacting technological, social and environmental changes.
Our mission is to provide the knowledge that is needed to accelerate the sustainability transitions in energy and mobility
Innovation by standardization and intellectual property
Our mission is to provide knowledge on how standardization and intellectual property can contribute the development and use of knowledge, to…
Energy Transitions in the Global South
Our mission is to provide the knowledge that is needed to realize fair and inclusive energy transitions in the global south.
Some of our researchers
Heleen De Coninck
Jonas Colen Ladeia Torrens
Erik van der Vleuten
Jonas Van der Straeten
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Diffusion in small worlds with homophily and social reinforcementSocial Networks (2024)
Problem exploration for creating value propositions when developing point-of-care solutionsBiosensors and Bioelectronics (2023)
Carbon footprint of hydrogen-powered inland shippingRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2023)
Blending in, to transform the regime from withinEnvironmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (2023)
Megaprojects as niches of sociotechnical transitionsEnvironmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (2023)
Some of our Research Projects
From automobility to smart mobility
The transition to smart mobility researched from a socio-technical perspective
THE BRIDGES Project
TVET and Higher Education for Boosting Road Infrastructure Development and Growth of Energy Services in Somalia and Somaliland
New Energy Outlook for the Netherlands
Lighting the way to zero emission energy and mobility
Smart Cycling Futures
How can smart cycling innovations contribute to more resilient and live-able Dutch urban regions.
The Cleantech Innovation Capacity of Countries
Objective: to explain the emergence and uneven rate of cleantech innovation across countries
The ultimate goal is to allow any EV driver to charge at any charging station in the EU.
Multi Utilities Smart Energy GRIDS
Promoting energy communities and testing smart energy systems in Europe and India to maximize local energy independency
In the Fair Energy Transition Center, Utrecht University and TU/e work on a Fair, Just, and Inclusive Energy Transition
Historical Roots of the Dutch Sustainability Challenge
The Impact of the Utilization of Material Resources on the Modernization of Dutch Society, 1850-2010
Developing a sustainable business model for agro-ecological farming in West-Africa
Community-based Virtual Power Plant
A novel model of radical decarbonisation based on empowerment of low-carbon community driven energy initiatives
Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India
How to develop and implement smart grids in rural India