The key competency of the research group is the analysis of spatial dimensions in transition processes, with the aim to understand how transitions unfold differently across different geographical contexts. The group focusses on analyzing the complex sectoral changes in emerging industries of sustainable technologies. In the analysis of innovation processes that influence industry dynamics, we use a “socio-technical systems” perspective, which is the interplay among different kinds of actors (firms, academia, end users, policy makers, associations, civil society groups etc.), networks and institutional structures.
The group mostly works with the theoretical concepts of socio-technical regimes and technological innovation systems in order to analyze sectoral transformations and emerging industry dynamics. Empirical cases encompass urban water management, electricity and transport. Geographically the group has worked on projects in Europe, Australia, the US, China, South Africa, Kenya and Malaysia. The results inform innovation policy and management. Methodologically, the group has strong competencies in interview campaigns, discourse analysis, discourse network analysis, strategic foresight, discursive scenario methods, and technology road mapping.