Bonno Pel

Senior Researcher
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As a researcher at DRIFT, Bonno specialises in the social-institutional dimensions of the energy transition. He currently works on the EU-funded projects PROSEU and Energy-SHIFTS. He is co-developing an integrative framework on energy prosumerism and participates in current efforts to strengthen the inputs of Social Science and Humanities insights into energy policy.
Bonno is committed to critical and thorough social science research. Beyond slogans and partisanship, it should show the complexity of today’s sustainability problems, disclose the range of possible solutions, and clarify the normative considerations at stake. Focusing on the governance and politics of transitions, he has studied, lectured and published on various societal issues: Speed measures on Dutch roads, the unconditional Basic Income, sheltered workspaces, delta management, automated vehicles, the legacies of festivals, electricity blackouts, circular economy, and network-oriented mobility policy. Alongside with this empirical fascination, Bonno enjoys work combining different strands of social theory, and with some methodological finesse.
After his studies at the University of Amsterdam (environmental planning and socio-political philosophy), Bonno concluded his PhD thesis at the Erasmus University in 2012. This work on system innovation in the Dutch traffic management field was done at the Governance of Complex Systems research group (dep. of Public Administration). After 2 postdoc years at EUR and a short assignment at the Rathenau instituut (Den Haag), he joined the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2014, where he still has a part-time appointment. An experienced chess player, Bonno holds the title of FIDE master since 2003. He is also an enthusiastic amateur in forest walks, photography and gardening.
Publications Bonno Pel

Publications Bonno Pel

Articles published in peer-review journals

  • Eshuis, J., Pel, B., & Coca-Stefaniak, A. (2019, January 15). From ephemeral events to multiple legacies: an international comparison of festival demarcations and management challenges Event management.
  • Köhler, J., et al. (2019). An updated agenda for Sustainability Transitions Research: State of the art and future directions Environmental innovation and societal transitions.
  • Pel, B., & Backhaus, J. (2018, October 17). Realizing the Basic Income: Competing Claims to Expertise in Transformative Social Innovation Science and technology studies.
  • Wittmayer, J., Pel, B., Bauler, T., & Avelino, F. (2017, December 23). Editorial Synthesis: Methodological Challenges in Social Innovation Research European public & social innovation review, 2(1), 1-16.
  • Pel, B., Dorland, J., Wittmayer, J., & Jorgensen, M. S. (2017, December 23). Detecting Social Innovation agency: Methodological reflections on units of analysis in dispersed transformation processes European public & social innovation review, 2(1), 110-126.
  • Haxeltine, A., Pel, B., Wittmayer, J., Dumitru, A., Kemp, R., & Avelino, F. (2017, December 23). Building a middle-range theory of Transformative Social Innovation: theoretical pitfalls and methodological responses European public & social innovation review, 2(1), 59-77.
  • Cipolla, C., Afonso, R., Pel, B., Bartholo, R., Silva, É. R., & Proença Júnior, D. (2017, September). Coproduced game-changing in transformative social innovation: Reconnecting the “broken city” of Rio de Janeiro Ecology and Society, 22(3), 3.
  • Pel, B., & Bauler, T. (2017, June). A Transitions studies perspective on the social economy: Exploring institutionalisation and capture in flemish insertion practices. Annals of public and cooperative economics, 88(2), 279-298. doi:10.1111/apce.12167
  • Avelino, F., Wittmayer, J., Pel, B., Weaver, P., Dumitru, A., Haxeltine, A., Kemp, R., Jørgensen, M., Bauler, T., Ruijsink, S., & O’Riordan, T. (2017, May 01). Transformative Social Innovation and (Dis)Empowerment: Towards a Heuristic Technological forecasting & social change.
  • Pel, B. (2016, October). Trojan horses in transitions: A dialectical perspective on innovation ‘capture’ Journal environmental policy planning, 18(5), 673-691. doi:10.1080/1523908X.2015.1090903
  • Avelino, F., Grin, J., Pel, B., & Jhagroe, S. S. (2016, August 10). The politics of sustainability transitions Journal environmental policy planning, 18(5), 557-567.
  • Pel, B., Wallenborn, G., & Bauler, T. (2016). Emergent transformation games: Exploring social innovation agency and activation through the case of the Belgian electricity blackout threat Ecology and Society, 21(2), 17. doi:10.5751/ES-08346-210217
  • Pel, B. (2015, September 28). Trojan horses in Transitions: a dialectical perspective on innovation ‘capture’ Journal environmental policy planning, 18(5), 673-691.
  • Schipper, D., Teisman, G., Van Ast, J., Pel, B., & Giebels, D. (2015). Tipping point: kanteling en terugslag in Rotterdam Rooilijn, 48(3), 210-217.
  • Pel, B. (2014, August 08). Interactive Metal Fatigue: A Conceptual Contribution to Social Critique in Mobilities Research Mobilities, 11(5), 662-680.
  • Rozema, J., & Pel, B. (2014, January 01). Confronting Momentum: Mapping the Social Appraisal of an ‘Inevitable’ Motorway Capacity Expansion Environment & planning A, 46(8), 2000-2015.
  • Dammers, E., Bregt, A., Edelenbos, J., Meyer, V., & Pel, B. (2014). Urban deltas as complex adaptive systems: implications for planning and design Built environment, 40(2), 156-168.
  • Pel, B., Van Popering-Verkerk, J., Van Buuren, M., & Edelenbos, J. (2014). Intersections in delta development: analyzing actors for complexity-sensitive spatial design Complexity, governance & networks, 1(2), 79–98.
  • Pel, B. (2013, October 22). Intersections in System Innovation: a Nested-case Methodology to study Co-evolving Innovation Journeys Technology analysis & strategic management, 26(3), 307-320.
  • Pel, B., & Teisman, G. (2012, January 01). Mobiliteitsbeleid als klimaatbeleid of watermanagement; zelforganisatie als aangrijpingspunt voor effectieve beleidsmatige interventies: zelforganisatie als aangrijpingspunt voor effectieve beleidsmatige interventies Tijdschrift vervoerswetenschap, 48(1), 3-20.
  • Pel, B., & Boons, F. (2010, October 01). Transition through subsystem innovation? The case of traffic management Technological forecasting & social change, 77(8), 1249–1259.

Book chapters

  •  Bauler, T., Pel, B., & Backhaus, J. (2017, April 01). Institutionalization Processes in Transformative Social Innovation: capture dynamics in social solidarity economy and in basic income initiatives In M. Cohen, H. Brown, & P. Vergragt (Eds.), Social Change and the Coming of Post-consumer Society. Theoretical Advances and Policy Implications. Routledge.(SCORAI series on Sustainable Consumption). doi:10.4324/9781315630168
  • Pel, B., Avelino, F., & Jhagroe, S. S. (2016, August 01). Critical approaches to Transition theory In H.-G. Brauch, U. Oswald Spring, J. Grin, & J. Scheffran (Eds.), Handbook on Sustainability Transition and Sustainable Peace (pp. 451-463). Springer.
  • Pel, B. (2012, July 01). Reflection on transition management:: mobility policy between integration and differentiation In Y. Shiftan, H. Geerlings, & D. Stead (Eds.), Transition towards Sustainable Mobility:: the Role of Instruments, Individuals and Institutions, Vol. 1. Concepts and Challenges (1 ed., pp. 53-69). Ashgate: Aldershot.
  • Pel, B., Teisman, G., & Boons, F. (2012, April 01). Transition by translation:: The Dutch travel information innovation cascade In F. Geels, R. Kemp, G. Dudley, & G. Lyons (Eds.), Automobility in transition?: A socio-Technical Analysis of Sustainable Transport, Vol. 3. Dynamics of Change (1 ed., pp. 250-267). London: Routledge.
  • Pel, B. (2009, June 01). The complexity of self-organization:: boundary judgments in traffic management In G. Teisman, Van Buuren, & L. Gerrits (Eds.), Managing Complex Governance Systems (pp. 116-133). New York (USA): Routledge.
  • Pel, B. (2008). Speelruimte voor Burgerschap in het verkeer In G. Alberts, M. Blankesteijn, & Broekhans (Eds.), Jaarboek Kennissamenleving: Burger in uitvoering (pp. 53-68). Amsterdam University Press.