About the lecture
This lecture will introduce the audience to sustainability transitions research and transition governance. This area of research originated in the Netherlands 20 years ago but now is a worldwide area of research that focuses on understanding structural systemic changes in society and developing strategies to accelerate and guide these transitions towards sustainability. The lecture will draw upon examples from transitions in energy, food and mobility as well as urban transitions to explain how we can understand the mechanisms and drivers behind current transitions. These make clear that transitions are inherently uncertain, chaotic and conflictions as they involve changes in behavior, affect vested interests and create deep societal tensions. But these transitions also create the space for alternative technologies, practices, values and structures to develop. The approach of transition management will be presented as a strategy for transformative policy, business, civil society and research to work together to advance desired transitions.
About the speaker
Derk Loorbach is the director of the Dutch Research Institute For Transitions (DRIFT) and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. DRIFT is a world-leading institute for research on and for sustainability transitions. The institute conducts interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to better understand and facilitate new ways of thinking, doing and organizing in contemporary transitions.
Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker in and outside Europe.
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