Sustainability Transitions Studies


DRIFT research is primarily positioned in the field of system innovation and sustainability transitions studies (STRN 2010, Grin et al 2010, Markard et al. 2012). Transitions are long-term process of radical and structural change at the level of societal systems (e.g. sector, city, region).


A sustainability transition is defined as a “radical transformation towards a sustainable society, as a response to a number of persistent problems confronting contemporary modern societies” (Grin et al 2010).


In the field of transition studies, DRIFT is renowned for its research on transition management, a new governance approach that aims to facilitate and accelerate sustainability transitions through a participatory process of visioning, learning and experimenting (Rotmans et al 2001, Rotmans 2006, Loorbach 2007, 2010, Rotmans & Loorbach 2009).


What further sets DRIFT apart is our focus on the social challenges of sustainability transitions, and the inclusion of economic, political and cultural perspectives. We are particularly intrigued by governance challenges and new governance notions, political dilemmas, tensions and paradoxes of change.


Over the past few years, academic research at DRIFT has developed very broadly, expanding and co-evolving alongside DRIFTs other core activities. This diversity is reflected in our areas of expertise, each of which has its own research agenda connected to it.


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