Transition Management

Transition Management aims to deal with persistent societal problems by exploring and furthering sustainable systems. It is an innovative governance concept based on complexity theory, social theories and insights from the field of governance.

TM is a process-oriented, reflexive and participatory steering philosophy that enables social learning through iterations between collective vision development and experimenting. Through the participation of frontrunners and bringing them together in transition arenas, a long-term agenda is formulated, a portfolio of transition experiments is established and new coalitions, networks and practices are developed.

TM has been applied in divers contexts, for example regarding communities at neighbourhood-level, transition to a low-carbon future at city-level and transition to a sustainable healthcare system at national level.

Our Expertise

Transition Management is a core area of expertise of the Transition Academy. The team consists of leading experts in the field of transition management research and many of the TAC lecturers & trainers. They all have elaborate experience applying transition management in diverse contexts in order to accelerate sustainability transitions. From communities at neighborhood-level to a low-carbon future at city-level and transition to a sustainable healthcare system at national level. Their expertise is continuously informed and updated by on-going academic and consultancy projects on sustainability transitions, transition governance and related topics.

TAC Offer

Transition Management features prominantly in many of our courses and in-company trainings. Our longest running course is the very popular excecutive masterclass in Transition Management.

Transition Management offers you a new way of governing and furthering societal transition in your own professional environment. Our skilled lecturers and trainers guide you through the different levels at which learning in transition processes takes: at the strategic level (problem structuring and envisioning), the tactical level (agenda-building, networks), and the operational level (experimenting and implementation). Thorough theoretical knowledge is combined with practical insights and tools. As a result, you master new ways of governing and furthering societal change through your own personal and professional actions.


Do you want to read more about Sustainability Transitions and Transition Governance? Make a start with these key publications or subscribe to our newsletter, for the latest insights from research and practice.

  • Loorbach, D. (2010). Transition Management for Sustainable Development: A Prescriptive, Complexity-Based Governance Framework. Governance, 23(1), 161–183.
  • Loorbach, D. and Rotmans, J. (2010). The practice of transition management: Examples and lessons from four distinct cases. Futures, 42, 237–246.
  • Van den Bosch, S. and Rotmans, J. (2008). Deepening, Broadening and Scaling up: A Framework for Steering Transition Experiments. KCT essay #2: Delft / Rotterdam.
  • Henneman, P., Loorbach, D. and Timmerman, D. (2012). Burgermeesterboek Lokaal en duurzaam innoveren voor iedereen. Koninklijke van Gorcum, Amsterdam.