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
Appointment as a full professor (20%) at the University of Utrecht for the chair “Geography of Transitions in Urban Infrastructures”. Start of appointment August 1, 2014.
University of Bern (January 2011) in Economic Geography
University of Bern (June 2006) in Economic Geography and Sustainable Development. Title of the thesis: The analysis of socio-technical transformations in environmental and regional research
University of Fribourg (Switzerland) 1993 in Economic Geography (Dr. rer nat) (“Neo-Ricardian land rent theory and urban land use dynamics”, summa cum laude).
University of Fribourg (Switzerland) 1987 in Human and Economic Geography (secondary degrees in Mathematics and Economics)
University of Fribourg (Switzerland) 1984 in Natural Sciences and Mathematics
2014 - today
Member of the Editorial Board (Advisory Editor) of the journal Research Policy
2014 - today
Full professor University of Utrecht, Faculty of Geosciences
2012 - today
Head of department ESS (Environmental Social Sciences) and leader of its research cluster Cirus (Environmental Innovation and sustainability Transitions) at Eawag
2011 - 2014
Adjunct professor in economic geography at the University of Bern.
2010 - 2011
Fellow in Sustainability Science, Kennedy School, Harvard University Cambridge, MA
2010 - 2011
Contributing author to IPCC WG III
2010 - today
Founding (associate) editor of the journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (Elsevier)
2006 - 2012
Head of department Cirus (Innovation Research in Utility sectors) at Eawag, Dübendorf
2003 - 2013
Affiliated to the Science Policy Group at the Social Science Resarch Centre (WZB), Berlin.
1996 - 2013
Affiliated to ETH Environmental Science Department (Lecturer)
2002 - 2010
Lecturer (Privatdozent) in Economic Geography at the University of Bern
Guest Scientist at the Social Science Research Centre, Berlin (WZB) – Research Unit “Innovation and Organization” (Prof. Dierkes)
Guest Scientist at the Society & Technology Research Group at DaimlerChrysler Co. in Berlin (Prof Minx)
2001 - 2005
Head of research group CIRUS at EAWAG, Kastanienbaum.
1997 - 2001
Initiator and head of project of the transdisciplinary research program "Greenhydro" at EAWAG, Kastanienbaum.
1993 - 1996
Head of research group at the Human Ecology department, EAWAG, Dübendorf.
Awards and distinctions
Best student paper award for a paper with Lea Fünfschilling at the 5th international conference on sustainability transitions in Utrecht, August 2014
Nomination for the best paper award for a paper with Christian Binz at the 5th international conference on sustainability transitions in Utrecht, August 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. (This is based on a quantitative analysis of research from 2008-2012).
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.
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.
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.
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.-
Doctoral thesis “Rententheorie und Nutzungsdynamik” at the University of Fribourg awarded with summa cum laude.