Prof. Dr. René Kemp

Professorial Fellow

Research group(s):
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions (coordinator)

René Kemp is Professorial fellow at UNU-MERIT and Professor of Innovation and Sustainable Development at MSI, Maastricht University. Formerly he was research director of STEP in Oslo and visiting researcher at IPTS (Seville), Harvard (Boston), Foscari University (Venice), SPRU (Sussex), CIRUS (Zurich), France Telecom (Paris) and the AIRC (Hobart). He held research positions at DRIFT, TNO and Twente University. René Kemp is well-known for his work on eco-innovation, environmental policy, strategic niche management and transition management – on which he authored numerous articles and books. His research interests are environmental policy and technical change, technological transitions, innovation policy, social innovation, economy for the common good, evolutionary theories of technical change and reflexive governance. He is advisory editor of Reseach Policy, editor of Sustainability Science and editor of Environmental Innovation and Societal transitions.  For the Dutch government he developed the model of transition management together with Jan Rotmans and for the Environment Council (=meeting of EU Environment Ministers) of July 2004 he wrote a policy note on strategies for eco-efficient innovation, which fed into the Council’s conclusions.

Selected publications by René Kemp