An agenda for sustainability transitions research: State of the art and future directions
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019

Research on sustainability transitions has expanded rapidly in the last ten years, diversified in terms of topics and geographical applications, and deepened with respect to theories and methods. This article provides an extensive review and an updated research agenda for the field, classified into nine main themes: understanding transitions; power, agency and politics; governing transitions; civil society, culture and social movements; businesses and industries; transitions in practice and everyday life; geography of transitions; ethical aspects; and methodologies. The review shows that the scope of sustainability transitions research has broadened and connections to established disciplines have grown stronger. At the same time, we see that the grand challenges related to sustainability remain unsolved, calling for continued efforts and an acceleration of ongoing transitions. Transition studies can play a key role in this regard by creating new perspectives, approaches and understanding and helping to move society in the direction of sustainability.


Socio-technical systems

Research agenda




Jonathan Koehler

Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung ISI

Frank W. Geels

University of Manchester

Florian Kern

Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW)

Jochen Markard

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)

Elsie Onsongo

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Anna Wieczorek

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Floortje Alkemade

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Flor Avelino

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Anna Bergek

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Environmental Systems Analysis

Frank Boons

University of Manchester

Lea Funfschilling

Lunds universitet

David Hess

Vanderbilt University

Georg Holtz

Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie

Sampsa Hyysalo


Kirsten Jenkins

University of Brighton

Paula Kivimaa

University of Sussex

Mari Martiskainen

University of Sussex

Andrew McMeekin

University of Manchester

Marie Susan Muehlemeier

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Bjorn Nykvist

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Bonno Pel

Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Rob Raven

Monash University

Harald Rohracher

Linköpings universitet

Björn Sandén

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Environmental Systems Analysis

Johan Schot

University of Sussex

Benjamin Sovacool

University of Sussex

Bruno Turnheim

University of Sussex

University of Manchester

Université Paris-Est

Dan Welch

University of Manchester

Peter Wells

Cardiff University

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

2210-4224 (ISSN)

Vol. 31 1-32


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