Transition management in urban context

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Hosted by DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Want to learn more about the governance of sustainability transitions at a local level? Join the transnational workshop on the 25th of March to gain some hands-on experience with the transition management approach. The workshop is primarily aimed at city officers from across Europe and takes place a day prior to the 4th Informed Cities Forum.

In this full-day workshop, DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam) will introduce you to transition management. This approach seeks to influence the direction and pace of societal change by strategically creating space for new paradigms and practices. Key is the building up of a network of change-agents; gaining a systemic change perspective; and empowering diverse actors to engage in, and learn from, initiatives contributing to a sustainable future.

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The programme
This interactive training workshop includes the following aspects:

  • How does change happen: the transition perspective;
  • Basics of transition management;
  • Experiences & lessons from European cities;
  • Methods in transition management (learning-by-doing);
  • Reflection on your role as city officer (and citizen) in bringing about more sustainable cities;
  • Exchange of experiences with fellow participants, and also with city officers who already implemented transition management.


The workshop takes place on Wednesday 25th of March, from 09h30 to 17h30, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Participants can attend the workshop free of charge, but should cover their own expenses for traveling, hotel and dinner.

You can apply by sending an e-mail to Chris Roorda, Please include a short motivation why you want to learn more about transition management. As the group size is limited, DRIFT will make a selection of the applicants. You will hear whether you are selected before the 18th of February. Please note that selection as participant to this workshop does not necessarily mean you are also selected for the 4th Informed Cities Forum (nor vice versa).

More information

For an introduction to transition management, please see the guidance manual “Transition Management in the Urban Context”. It is available in three languages: English, French and German. Further insights on the governance of sustainability transitions on the local level can be found in the recent publication “Governing urban sustainability transitions: Inspiring examples”.

Bring this workshop to your city or region

The Transition Academy also offers (paid) local or regional training workshops, so you can attend a workshop together with your colleagues or with other cities from your region. These workshops are co-organised by DRIFT and Meneer de Leeuw and are offered in English, French, German or Dutch. If you would like to learn about opportunities to organize such local or regional workshop, please contact Chris Roorda at