Head of Department Environmental Social Sciences
Cluster leader Cirus
- Technological Innovation Systems & Industry dynamics
- Geography of transitions
- Institutional dimensions of transition processes
- Sustainable transformation of infrastructure sectors (particularly urban water management)
- Foresight and strategic planning
- Science and technology studies (STS)
- Inter- and transdisciplinary research
Academic Affiliations and Lecturing appointments
2011 - today Adjunct professor at the institute of geography University of Bern
1996 - today Lecturer at the ETH Environmental Science Department D-Usys (Lecturer)
2005 - 2009 Affiliated researcher to the Science Policy Group at the Social Science Resarch Center (WZB), Berlin
2002 - 2010 Lecturer at the institute of geography University of Berne
1993 - 1994 Lecturer at University of Neuchâtel, institute of Geography, Human dimensions of global climate change
1988 - 1992 Lecturer/Assistant at University of Fribourg (Social and Economic Geography)
1994 - 1995 Lecturer at the institute of geography University of Neuchâtel
Journal Role Since
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions Associate editor 2010
Environmental Development Board Member 2011
GAIA Board Member 2011
Research Policy Board Member 2014
Awards and Distinctions
2014 Nominated by the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT) as one of the top 50 authors of technology and innovation management over the last 5 years. (based on a quantitative analysis of research output from 2008-2012).
2013 Best Paper award of the journal Regional Studies for Truffer, B., Coenen, L. 2012 Environmental innovation and sustainability transitions in regional studies. Regional Studies. 46 (2), 1-22.
2012 Winner of the Chris Freeman award 2012 for the Special issue in Research policy on sustainability transitions edited by Jochen Markard, Rob Raven and Bernhard Truffer. The Freeman award is made for a publication which is the most significant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation
2010 The Dutch KSI price for the “Outstanding paper in the field of Transitions and Innovation Systems“ for the paper Markard, J., Truffer, B. 2008. Technological innovation systems and the multi-level perspective: towards an integrated framework. Research Policy, 37, 596–615.
2008 The “Best Paper 2007 Award” of the Journal Environmental Modelling and Software in the category “Integrated Modelling”: Reichert, P., Borsuk, M., Hostmann, M., Schweizer, S., Spörri, C., Tockner, K., Truffer, B. 2007. Concepts of decision support for river rehabilitation. Environmental Modeling and Software, 22, 188 - 201.
2000 Winner of the Swiss Transdiciplinarity Award 2000 for “addressing a political hot spot in Switzerland with professional interdisciplinary research as well as a regard for political and economic realities and nescessities”. SFr 15’000.-
1993 Doctoral thesis “Rententheorie und Nutzungsdynamik” at the University of Fribourg awarded with summa cum laude.
2011 Adjunct professor at the institute of geography, University of Bern
2006 Habilitation (venia docendi) at the University of Berne in the domain of "economic geography and sustainable development" based on the Habilitation thesis "The analysis of socio-technical innovations in environmental and regional research"
1993 Ph. D. University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in Economic Geography (“Neo-Ricardian land rent theory and urban land use dynamics”, summa cum laude).
1987 M.Sc. University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in Human and Economic Geography (secondary degrees in Mathematics and Economics)
1984 High. Teach. University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in science and mathematics track