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.
Meet some of our Researchers
Elena Mas Tur
Erik van der Vleuten
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Beyond technical smartness: rethinking the development and implementation of sociotechnical smart grids in IndiaEnergy Research and Social Science (2019)
Land or lakesLand use policy (2019)
Solar energy for all? Understanding the successes and shortfalls through a critical comparative assessment of Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and South AfricaEnergy Research and Social Science (2019)
The role of users in sustainable innovationHandbook of sustainable innovation (2019)
Advancing e-roaming in Europe: towards a single “language” for the European charging infrastructureWorld Electric Vehicle Journal (2018)
Some of our Research Projects
The ultimate goal is to allow any EV driver to charge at any charging station in the EU.
Community-based Virtual Power Plant
A novel model of radical decarbonisation based on empowerment of low-carbon community driven energy initiatives.
THE BRIDGES Project
TVET and Higher Education for Boosting Road Infrastructure Development and Growth of Energy Services in Somalia and Somaliland
From automobility to smart mobility
The transition to smart mobility researched from a socio-technical perspective
Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India
How to develop and implement smart grids in rural India
The Cleantech Innovation Capacity of Countries
Objective: to explain the emergence and uneven rate of cleantech innovation across countries
Historical Roots of the Dutch Sustainability Challenge
The Impact of the Utilization of Material Resources on the Modernization of Dutch Society, 1850-2010