René Kemp

Professorial Fellow

  • René Kemp
    Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC, Maastricht, The Netherlands
    +31(0)43 3884405

    Biographical Statement

    René Kemp is Professorial fellow at the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) and Professor of Innovation and Sustainable Development at ICIS, Maastricht University. Formerly he was research director of STEP in Oslo and visiting researcher at IPTS (Seville), Harvard (Boston), Foscari University (Venice), SPRU (Sussex) and CIRUS (Zurich). He held research positions at DRIFT, TNO and Twente University.

    René Kemp is well known for his work on eco-innovation, environmental policy, strategic niche management and transition management — on which he authored numerous articles and books. His research interests are environmental policy and technical change, technological transitions, innovation policy, evolutionary theories of technical change and reflexive governance. He is member of the scientific board of ARTEC in Bremen, RIDE in Gothenburg and sits in the NWO programme committee on interdisciplinary energy research. He is editor of the Springer book series “Sustainability and Innovation”, and advisory editor of Reseach Policy. For the Dutch government he developed the model of transition management together with Jan Rotmans and, for the Environment Council (meeting of EU Environment Ministers) of July 2004, he wrote a policy note on strategies for eco-efficient innovation that fed into the Council’s conclusions.

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Kemp, René, 2011, Sustainable technologies do not exist!, Ekonomiaz (Bask journal on innovation and sustainability ), Special issue
    • Kemp, René, 2011, Eco-innovation: Definition, Measurement and Open Research Issues, forthcoming in Economia politica, Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics, January issue
    • Kemp, René, 2010, The Dutch Energy Transition Approach, International Economics and Economic Policy, 7: 291–316
    • Dijk, M. & René Kemp, 2010, A framework for product market innovation paths – Emergence of hybrid vehicles as an example, International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 10(1): 56-76
    • Geels, F. & René Kemp, 2007, Dynamics in socio-technical systems: Typology of change processes and contrasting case studies, Technology in Society, an international journal, 29(4), 441-455
    • Kemp, René, D. Loorbach & Jan Rotmans, 2007, Transition management as a model for managing processes of co-evolution, The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, (Special Issue on (co)-evolutionary approach to sustainable development) 14: 78-91
    • Kemp, René & F. Geels, 2006, Innovatie en duurzaamheidstransities, Economisch-Statistische Berichten, 90: 4461, d14-d15
    • Farrel, K., René Kemp, F. Interberger & C. Rammel, 2006, From ‘for’ to Governance for Sustainable Development in Europe – what is at stake for further research, International Journal of Sustainable Development, 8:1/2, pp.127-150
    • Kemp, René, R. Gibson & Saeed Parto, 2005, Governance for Sustainable Development: Moving from theory to practice, International Journal of Sustainable Development, special issue
    • Kemp, René, 2001, More evolution than Revolution. Transition management in public policy, Foresight, 3 (1), 15-31