University of Utrecht

RRobRavenob Raven

Rob Raven is designated chair in the UU strategic theme Institutions and full professor ‘Institutions and Societal Transitions’ at the Innovation studies department of Utrecht University. Raven made major contributions to multi-level theories of transformative change, the notion of socio-technical experimentation and to the governance perspective of strategic niche management. His empirical work has covered energy and mobility transition processes in both Europe and Asia. His current research agenda is focussed on analysis of transformative change in urban context such as eco-cities and smart cities. A key question is how socio-technical experimentation, institutional change and path-dependant urban regimes co-produce the future of cities world-wide.

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WouterBoonWouter Boon

Wouter Boon is assistant professor in Innovation and life sciences. His research in the field of innovation studies focuses on the dynamics and governance of emerging technologies in science-based sectors. The theoretical focus of his work is on the role of users in innovation processes, grassroots innovations, user-producer interactions, regulation and knowledge production in emerging technology fields. In this context he conducted research projects on governance of emerging health technologies (e.g. on the future of genetic testing), technology transfer practices in academic hospitals, regulation of pharmaceutical and medical device products (e.g. reimbursement and pharmacovigilance), patient participation in innovation processes, and public-private partnerships in R&D programmes aimed at the grand challenges.

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Evelien de Hoop

Evelien de Hoop is postdoc at the Innovation Studies department of Utrecht University. Her research on the relationship between technology and society is always motivated by an interest in the wider themes of inclusion, equity and environmental sustainability. Her theoretical approach largely draws on science and technology studies and geography, and her empirical interests span from the role of ‘growing your own’ in rural and urban Czech Republic to farmers’ engagements with the promotion of biodiesel production in India. Her current work on the knowledge politics of smart city experimentation mostly focusses on the way society is changing through bottom-up and top-down experimentation with ICTs in a wide variety of domains in the city.

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Freiburg University


Philipp Späth

Philipp Späth is senior researcher at the Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography at Freiburg University. Trained as a geographer and political scientist, he has obtained a PhD in ‘Science and Technology Studies’ in 2009. Philipp has led many research projects on the governance of socio-technical change (mostly in energy and mobility). His main research interest lies on urban and multi-level processes of environmental governance, how promises and fears around terms like “Smart City” interplay, and how manifold initiatives co-shape the knowledge politics and the future of cities.

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emanuelloefflerEmanuel Löffler

Emanuel Löffler is a researcher at the Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography at Freiburg University. His current main research focuses on the impact of smart city experiments on knowledge politics in context of the state/city of Hamburg. He is trained as a Social Theorist and Sociologist. In his master’s thesis, he examined political motives in the development and propagation of cryptographic technologies in context of the emerging Internet.


University of Sussex


Adrian Smith is Professor of Technology and Society at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK. His research into technology in society are motivated by an interest in the implications for sustainable developments and the involvement of grassroots groups in innovation. Analysis draws upon insights and methods from innovation studies, science and technology studies, and political science. Projects have been funded by a variety of public and civil society organisations, and always try to take an engaged approach.

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University of Sheffield


Simon Marvin

Simon Marvin is Professor and Director of the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield. His work is noted for developing innovative, interdisciplinary perspectives that open up important new agendas for urban studies and infrastructural research. Simon’s research has played a major role in addressing important questions surrounding telecommunications, infrastructure and mobility, sustainability and, most recently, systemic transitions, climate change, ecological security and smart cities. His 2016 co-edited book ‘Smart Urbanism: Utopian vision or false dawn’ evaluates the contemporary promise of smart urbanism and critically appraises its potential. This reflects Simon’s interests in understanding what drives smart city initiatives and to what ends, what new capabilities are being created by whom and with what exclusions, and how smart city processes differ and are contested within and across cities.

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Rachel Macrorie

Rachel Macrorie is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield and portfolio lead on the Institute’s Urban Automation theme. Her research explores the governance of everyday urban life for sustainability by examining interactions between: resources, technologies and infrastructures (both material and codified); different sets of publics; and (often contested) political processes. Empirically, Rachel’s research has to date largely focused upon housing provision and retrofit, energy and water management, and smart energy metering technologies. Her current work seeks to understand how experiments in digitization, automation and robotics are reshaping governance processes across different domains of urban life, and with what implications for society, politics and the environment.

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Humboldt University of Berlin

Tim Moss

Timothy Moss

Timothy Moss is a Senior Researcher at the Integrative Research Institute on Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at the Humboldt University of Berlin.  He researches urban infrastructures in transition, in past and present. In his work he draws on concepts from science and technology studies, human geography and the history of technology in order to devise novel perspectives and derive innovative insight on the dynamic relationship between infrastructures, actors and space. He has led and conducted numerous research projects for the European Commission, the German Research Council (DFG) and the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and published widely in leading academic journals. Many of his projects have a strong transdisciplinary component, involving close interaction with practitioners in policy, administration, business and civil society.

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Sören Becker

Sören Becker

Sören Becker is Post-Doc Researcher at the Integrative Research Institute on Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at the Humboldt University of Berlin and a Research Associate at the University of Bonn. His current main research lies in the question how cities govern (decentralised) technologies. Trained as a human geographer and political scientist, his PhD thesis dealt with conflicts over the remunicipalisation of urban energy grids in Hamburg and Berlin. His previous work is informed by debates about sustainability transitions, energy transitions, and critical perspectives on urban governance.

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