Innovation camp: bootcamp for transformative approaches to energy, mobility and smart cities


About this course

Cities around the world face numerous challenges. In particular, urban energy and mobility systems are under pressure due to the increasing resource depletion and climate change. Their transformation requires not only innovative technologies, but also a radical change of the entire system in which these technologies are embedded including regulations, culture, practices and routines. However, a key question is how to transform the current unsustainable energy and mobility practices in the city of today and create smart cities of tomorrow?
Solving the question requires specific competencies that are usually not part of the classical engineering education. After completion of this course you will obtain the necessary tools and skills for making your own sustainable energy efforts and projects more effectively contribute to the systemic transformation of the urban energy and mobility system.
In the Innovation Camp EXTENDED students work towards presentation of their research and submit a portfolio where they report and reflect on the application of the various approaches to their own case study, such as opportunities and barriers for upscaling of the project, actors around own projects; diagnosis of the state of niche development; vision of the new system incl. short term actions or a new, sustainable business model for the project.

Additional information material
The following material is obligatory and additional reading for all of this course. All pieces are available via online TU/e library, which you can access via your TU/e account.

  • On transitions: - Elzen, B., Wieczorek., AJ., (2005). Transitions toward sustainability through system innova-tion. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 72 (6), pp. 651-661 (obligatory)
  • On MLP: - Geels, F.W. (2002). Technological transitions as evolutionary reconfiguration processes: A multi-level perspective and a case-study. Research Policy, 31(8-9), pp. 1257-1274 (oblig-atory) - Geels, F.W. and Schot, J.W., 2007, 'Typology of sociotechnical transition pathways , Re-search Policy, 36 (3), pp. 399-417 (additional)
  • On visioning: - Wiek and Iwaniec, 2014. Quality criteria for sustainability visioning. Sustainability Science,9 (4), pp 497–512 (obligatory) - Wiek, A., Iwaniec, D. (2014b). Advancing Sustainability Visioning Practice in Planning—The General Plan Update in Phoenix, Arizona, Planning Practice & Research, 29 (5), 543-568 (additional)
  • On SNM and experimentation: - Kemp, R., J. Schot, and R. Hoogma. 1998. Regime shifts to sustainability through process-es of niche formation: the approach of strategic niche management. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management 10(2). 175–96 (obligatory) - Sengers, F., Wieczorek, A., Raven, R., Berkhout, F. (2016). Experimenting in the city: Un-packing notions of experimentation for sustainability. In Evans et al., The Experimental City, Routledge, p. 260 (additional) - Smith, A., Raven, R. (2012). What is protective space? Reconsidering niches in transitions to sustainability. Research Policy, 41(6), 1025–1036 (additional)
  • On actors and users: - Verbong G., and Geels, F. (2007). The ongoing energy transition: Lessons from a socio-technical, multi-level analysis of the Dutch electricity system (1960–2004), Energy Policy, 35(2), 1025-1037 (obligatory) - Kanger L., Schot J., (2016) User-made immobilities: a transitions perspective, Mobilities, 11:4, 598-613(additional)
  • On participation:-Breukers, S., Mourik, R., van Summeren, L., Verbong, G., (2016). Institutional 'lock-out' to-wards local self-governance? Environmental justice and sustainable transformations in Dutch social housing neighbourhoods (obligatory)
  • On TIS:-Wieczorek, A.J., Hekkert, M.P. (2012).Systemic instruments for systemic innovation prob-lems: A framework for policy makers and innovation scholars. Science and Public Policy, 39(1), 74-87 (obligatory)
  • On NBM:-Clinton and Whisnant, 2014. 20 BM innovations for sustainability:

Learning outcomes

After following a series of creative and strongly interactive sessions you will learn how to:

  • Recognise system change and social innovation;
  • Identify and analyse a socio-technical system around own project;
  • Identify opportunities and barriers to change in a system relevant for own project;
  • Anticipate and vision a long-term change of the incumbent systems;
  • Identify medium and short term actions in long term perspective;
  • Set strategies and novel arrangements that can effectively address identified barriers and motivate system change;
  • Effectively collaborate in an interdisciplinary and international group;

Required prior knowledge

This course is for students of the Graduate School and PDEng program of SEBC. Being a bootcamp it is based on a different set up than majority of courses at this University. Master students doing Honours track interested in this course but hindered by a conflict with exams, please contact the course responsible teacher.

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  • Start date

    21 April 2025

    • Ends
      22 June 2025
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      Block GS4
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      15 Nov, 00:00 - 23 Mar 2025
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