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Copernicus Institute

Research group

Innovation Studies


The mission of the Innovation Studies Group is to understand and communicate the dynamics of emerging technologies and innovations that are relevant for societal problems.

Research focus

The Innovation Studies Group (ISG) studies innovation processes that are related to significant societal problems like climate change, non-sustainable energy provision, non-sustainable transportation system or the increasing costs of the healthcare system.

Emerging technologies

We are especially interested in innovations related to technologies in an early stage of development. These so-called ‘emerging technologies’ are characterized by large technological, economic and societal uncertainties, by a wide variety of visions and expectations and by a very volatile innovation dynamics.
Examples of emerging technologies that are studied by the ISG are:
  • Sustainable energy technologies
  • Sustainable transportation technologies
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Medical biotechnology
    • Multidisciplinary research and teaching

      The Innovation Studies Group is a multidisciplinary research and teaching group with researchers from backgrounds like natural science, economics, social geography, political sciences, computational sciences, sociology, and philosophy.

      The basic starting point of our research is that innovation is a collective act that involves a multitude of actors who cooperate and compete in networks and who are stimulated and constrained by an institutional setting. The innovation systems perspective is the most suitable framework to capture the interrelated character of innovation processes. The resulting insights are the basis for policy strategies to support desirable innovation processes. 

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