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.

  • Student and lecturers attending Norsi course Innovation and Sustainability Transition June 2018 at UIT- Arctic University! Course responsible Prof. Lars Coenen, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne and Prof. Lene Foss, School of Business and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway


Prof. Lars Coenen (LC), Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne
Prof. Anna Bergek (AB), Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Dr. Teis Hansen (TH), Department of Human Geography & CIRCLE Lund University, Sweden
Prof. Bernhard Truffer (BT), Department of Environmental Social Sciences, EAWAG, Switzerland & Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Dr. Allan Dahl Andersen (AA), TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway
Prof. Lene Foss (LF) School of Business and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway


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

Course Program- Schedule

Download Program Schedule and Reading List (PDF)

Monday, 25 June
11.00-11.45 Welcome and presentation of faculty and participants (LF and LC)
11.45-13.00 Introduction to Innovation and Sustainability Transitions (LC)
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Introduction cont. (LC)
15.00-15.15 Coffee
15.15-18.15 Technological Innovation Systems: analytical framework, critical choices and key challenges (AB)

Tuesday, 26 June
9.00-12.00 Sustainability Transitions and Incumbents – Opening the Black box of the Firm (TH)
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-16.00 Globalization and Sustainability Transitions (BT)

Wednesday, 27 June
9.00-12.00 Urban and Regional Sustainability Transitions (LC)
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-17.00 Preparation time for students

Thursday, 28 June
9.00-12.00 Industrial aspects of sustainability transitions: empirical illustrations from the Nordic Countries (AA)
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-17.00 Student presentations (LF)

Friday, 29 June
9.00-12.00 Student presentations (LF)
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 Question hour (LC, TH, LF)
Farewell and departure


Refund: As this course is considered a NORSI course all travel expenses etc. will be covered for NORSI students and teaching faculty. Same procedure as for other NORSI courses. NORSI students’ refund is dependent upon completion of course work and their status as a NORSI student. 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. Click here for more information on the NORSI refund policy.

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.

Travel and Accommodation: All NORSI students make their own travel  arrangement (Economy). We have booked a bloack of room at Scandic Grand Hotel in Tromsø. NORSI will pay directly for the room for all NORSI teaching faculty and students. Please email Birte if you would like her to book you a room.

PhD students registered for the course that are not part of NORSI will have to cover their own expensens.

Date & Location

Start date: 25/06/2019
Date physical: 25-29 June 2018
Location: UiT - The Arctic University; ECTS granting institution: UiT; Organizational institutions: UiT,CIRCLE and UiO-TIC