Innovation and Sustainability Transition


The course offer an introduction to the topic of innovation and sustainability transitions. Students will become familiar with the foundations of transitions research, its main conceptual and analytical frameworks as well as with current debates and knowledge gaps in the field of sustainability transitions. The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with different aspects of transitions research and to discuss this in relation to their own research projects.

During the course students participate in plenary sessions, smaller group sessions where they present and receive feedback on their own work, and contribute to the discussion of their peer students’ work. The plenary sessions will include questions and dialogue and there will be good opportunities for informal discussions among participants and faculty.


Core Faculty:
Professor Lene Foss, UiT – The Arctic University
Professor Lars Coenen, The University of Melbourne, Australia.


The course is organized by UiT- Arctic University
To register please go to the course’s UiT – Arctic University webpage.
The registration deadline is 1 February, 2018.

Themes covered in the course include:

Foundations of transitions research
Main conceptual frameworks: technological innovation systems (TIS) and the multi-level perspective on socio-technical transitions (MLP)
Governance of sustainability transitions and grand challenge-driven innovation policy
Geographies of sustainability transitions
Sustainability transitions, innovation and industry dynamics: the role of new entrants and incumbents
Sustainability transitions and institutional change
Sustainability transitions in the Nordic Countries: empirical findings and ongoing research projects

More information about the course

This course was last held in winter 2016 at UiT. For more information please take a look at Artikkel om Innovation and sustainability Transition2,or look at the BED-8005 Innovation and Sustainability Transition March 2016 UiT_program_LC


As this course is considered a NORSI course all travel expenses etc. will be covered for NORSI students. Same procedure as for other NORSI courses. NORSI students’ refund is dependent upon completion of course work and their status as a NORSI student. All NORSI students make their own travel arrangement (Economy). PhD students registered for the course that are not part of NORSI will have to cover their own expensens.

Please not that NORSI does not issue per diem (diett penger) but will refund your food expenses, so save your receipts. In order to receive your travel refund mail/scan in all your original tickets and original receipts (plane, taxi, bus etc.) to NORSI/Birte.

However, if your “home” institution has temporarily covered your travel costs, your institution may send NORSI/BI/Birte and invoice (faktura) asking NORSI to cover your outstanding travel costs with copies of your receipts. (Norwegian: Hvis ditt lokal studiested legger ut for deg så kan det lokale studiestedet fakturerer BI totalt for alle sine NORSI studenter med en totalsum for reisekostnadene. Legg ved kopi av vedlegg). Please ask your institution to specify who (your name) the invoice/travel refund is for and write NORSI on the invoice. If you have any questions about this, please email Birte Horn-Hanssen.

Date & Location

25-29 June 2018
UiT - The Arctic University; ECTS ganting institution: UiT; Organizational institutions: UiT,CIRCLE and UiO-TIC