Flor Avelino

Flor Avelino

Assistant Professor,
Academic Director TAC

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Flor Avelino has a background in political science and works as a transition researcher and lecturer at DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Her research is focused on the role of power and empowerment in sustainability transitions.


As scientific coordinator of the Transformative Social Innovation (TRANSIT) research project, she investigates how grassroots initiatives and translocal social innovation networks challenge existing institutions. As the academic director of the Transition Academy, Flor strives to co-create new learning environments to challenge people to think and act for radical change.


Selected Publications
  • Avelino, F. (2017) Power in Sustainability Transitions. Analysing Power and (Dis)Empowerment in Transformative Change towards Environmental and Social Sustainability, Journal of Environmental Policy & Governance, available online.
  • Avelino, F., J.M. Wittmayer, B. Pel, P. Weaver, A. Dumitru, A. Haxeltine, R. Kemp, M.S. Jørgensen, T. Bauler, S. Ruijsink, T. O’Riordan (2017), Transformative Social Innovation and (Dis)Empowerment, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, available online.
  • Avelino, F. and Grin, J. (2017) Beyond Deconstruction. A Reconstructive Perspective on Sustainability Transition Governance, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 22: 15-25, link.
  • Longhurst, N., Avelino, F., Wittmayer, J., Weaver, P., Dumitru, A., Heilscher, S., Cipolla, C., Afonso, R., Kunze, I. and Elle, M. (2016), Experimenting with alternative economies: four emergent counter-narratives of urban economic development, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 22, 69-74, link.
  • Avelino, F., Grin, J., Jhagroe, S. and Pel, B., (2016) The Politics of Sustainability Transitions, Environmental Policy & Planning, 18(5), 557-567, link.
  • Avelino, F. and Wittmayer, J.M. (2016) Shifting Power Relations in Sustainability Transitions: A Multi-actor Perspective, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 18(5), 628-649, link.



Full CV and list of Flor’s publications