About KSI

The Dutch Knowledge network on System Innovations (KSI) comprises over 80 researchers from a dozen universities and research institutes with specific knowledge and expertise of transitions and system innovations. Their objective is to better understand, identify and influence the process of transitions. Therefore their interests cover on the one hand process architecture, system knowledge, competence, learning processes, and competence development of transitions, and on the other hand instruments for initiating, guiding, monitoring, and evaluating transitions. Within KSI, scientists have joined forces to further develop this knowledge and put their ideas into practice with the aim of promoting transitions to a sustainable society. The results of this work may be applied to any of the sectors subject to change, such as energy, agriculture, transport, spatial planning or health care

KSI's researchers are characterised by their multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary attitude, and for their experience with applied and practical research. The knowledge development plan of KSI involves participation in testing grounds and the performance of practice- oriented research. Since 2001, the network has been developing a joint research program, which has officially started in 2004.


KSI directors:
Profs. Jan Rotmans, Johan Schot, John Grin & Mr. drs. Marjan Minnesma


The research is divided in three domains:
I. Historical research, looking at transitions in the past and drawing conclusions and lessons from the past (led by prof. Johan Schot, Technical University Eindhoven);
II. Research focused on system innovations systematically analysing and monitoring current and future transitions patterns, with a special focus on transitions in the mobility and agricultural sector (led by prof. Jan Rotmans, Erasmus University Rotterdam);
III. Research focused on the governance of transitions and system innovations (led by prof. John Grin, University of Amsterdam).