Prof. Johan Schot

Since January 2014, prof. Johan Schot is the Director of SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), as well as Professor of History of Technology & Sustainability Transition Studies at SPRU, located at the University of Sussex. His research is wide ranging but has always focused on integrating social science and historical perspectives for a better understanding of the nature and governance of radical socio-technical change.  Prior to coming to Sussex, he held academic posts at the Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente, Netherlands. Under Johan’s directorship, SPRU is embarking on an ambitious, new strategy to expand and build on its impressive track record across research, teaching, impact and engagement. His ability to create and pioneer large scale, creative, academic collaborations has helped to transform policy practices, broaden academic understandings, and develop new innovative outputs in the form of programmes, book series and networks.

Together with Jan Rotmans and John Grin, Johan Schot co-authored the book ‘Transitions to Sustainable Development’. At the Transition Academy, Prof. Johan Schot has been an affiliated professor for the Masterclass Transition Management.

 

Relevant Publications

For a selection of his publications, see this link.

Research

Prof. Schot’s research expertise is about

  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Hidden Innovation
  • History of Science/Medicine/Technology
  • Strategic Management

His current research focusses on the conceptualization and historical interpretation of what he calls the ‘Second Big Transition’. With this research he aims to develop a new version of the Multi-level Perspective (MLP) of Sustainability Transitions that captures the importance of the links between various niches and regimes and endogenizes changes at the socio-technical landscape.

For an extensive explication of prof. Schot’s current research, see this link.