Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions (CIIST)

​Advanced societies thrive through innovation based upon new technology and other resources. Planetary needs now require that these societies having the largest ecological footprint also take the lead enable transitions towards more sustainable solutions. 

Transitions to a sustainable society are like discovery journeys into the unknown; they are about exploration, learning, discovery, change and sensemaking. Therefore the diversity of perspectives is pivotal and accordingly collaboration and co-creation becomes key for transitions to succeed. 
There is a large need for knowledge supporting all actors involved in complex long-term transitions, whether these actors are from business, from government, from universities or are acting as innovating entrepreneurs. Sustainability transitions involve innovation on multiple levels affecting both social and technical systems.
CIIST is a knowledge node initiating and connecting research and knowledge creation on sustainable transition. CIIST offers an arena and knowledge support for actors involved in transitions.  
As a technical university with a world-leading ability in collaboration, Chalmers has a strong position to make a difference regarding innovation and sustainability transitions. Not only can an entrepreneurial university such as Chalmers offer state of the art science, knowledge and education around how to carry out transitions. Chalmers can also be an arena for co-creation of transitions, especially those anchored in the R&D rich environment of Western Sweden. 
In short, CIIST should be the knowledge node at Chalmers around innovation and sustainability transition, offering interactive knowledge support to transitional developments that Chalmers and its partners continuously are engaged in. The aim is sustainability and the tools are knowledge, education, innovation and entrepreneurship.







CIIST will host the 8th International Sustainability Transitions Conference in Gothenburg 18–21 June 2017. The conference is now open for registration. Read more and register at IST 2017.


Combining the MLP and TIS analysis in an Agent-based modelling of low carbon transport

Our next CIIST seminar is hosting Jonathan Köhler from Fraunhofer ISI. Jonathan will present new research on how agent based modelling can be used to advance sustainability transition studies. The talk will be commented by Kristian Lindgren, Chalmers, who will also facilitate the discussion of the seminar.

Abstract: The MATISSE Agent-based model of transitions has been applied to low carbon mobility by representing the niche-regime structure of the Multi Level Perspective (MLP), together with consumers. This structure is general and can be applied to different areas in which socio-technical co-evolutionary change can be represented by discrete alternatives, which are chosen by users. This structure can also be used to represent Technological Innovation Systems (TIS). A new application to low carbon shipping illustrates the methodology.

Date: 5 April 2017, Time: 15:00–16:30, Location: Room Analysen, Rännvägen 6b, Chalmers

Seminar on Leadership and learning in sustainability transitions

Dr. Maja Göpel, Head of Berlin Office at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Derk Loorbach, director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science at Erasmus University Rotterdam, will visit CIIST on January 24. Together with Professor John Holmberg, Physical Resource theory at Chalmers, they will give a seminar on the role of Leadership and Learning in sustainability transitions research. The seminar focus on issues such as the role of leadership and learning to support pro-active real world transitions and what a ‘transformative leadership’ entail on an international, national and local level. What does it mean for business, academy and civil society?

Date: 24 January 2017


Dialogue semina​r series 2016
CIIST organized three well attended seminars on the theme of ‘scale and scope’ in transitions research during the spring 2016.
We continue the series in the fall of 2016 by covering theoretical contributions made by a wide range of transition scholars. The ambition is that the seminars will provide a good overview of the field, examples of ongoing transition research, engaging discussion as well as some serious food for thought.

  • 23/9, 10-11.30:  John Robinson from University of Toronto focusing on citizen engagement in transition processes. 
  • 5/10, 13.00-14.30: Simona Negro from Utrecht University about the role of entrepreneurship and transitions. 
  • 9/11, 13:00-14:30: Aleh Cherp from Lund University on combining economic, political and socio-technical insights in national energy transitions. 
  • 16/12 09.00-10.30: Lars Coenen from Lund University, on the geography of transitions.

Published: Tue 09 Jun 2015. Modified: Fri 31 Mar 2017