T. Adams (Timothy) MSc

PhD Student
Ravelijn room RA 4301

Timothy Adams
PO Box 217
NL - 7500 AE Enschede

E-mail: t.adams (at) utwente.nl
Telephone: (053) 489 3305/3353
Fax: (053) 489 2159


Timothy Adams graduated from the University for Development studies in Ghana where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Development Studies. He further pursued his educational career in the Netherlands, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Human Development and a specialization in Sustainable Development at the Graduate School of Governance and International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development, Maastricht University. During his study at Maastricht University, he developed interest in Science, technology and policy studies; among his areas of interest include; the analysis of science and technology in society and Risk and uncertainties associated with emerging technologies. He wrote his master’s thesis under the supervision of Prof. ir. Marjolein van Asselt on the regulation of Biotechnology: Regulatory Governance pertaining to Genetically Modified Organisms in EU and Brazil and its implications on their trade relations.

Timothy is currently part of the MB-STePS group of the university of Twente where is conducting a PhD research on the co-evolution of sectoral/industrial structures and Nanotechnology.


Topic: The context of nanotechnology-enabled innovation: Changes in industry structure and possible economic and broader impacts.
Title:Co-evolution of Sectoral/industrial structures and Nanotechnology


Nanotechnology is often presented as a breakthrough technology comparable to other technologies that have profoundly changed industry structures in various sectors. However, to what extent this is going to happen and what may be the specific implications for particular industries and sectors, is unclear. While scientists and other promoters offer promises about major changes due to nanotechnology, we also see that firms are reluctant to buy into them. In many sectors, the situation can be characterized as a waiting game. This has to do with the uncertainties about performance of nanotechnology, and sometimes also with its societal acceptance (as in the food sector and Biotechnology), but also with existing industry structures, which may not be conducive to the new technologies or even threatened by them. On the other hand, we see indicators for change as well, including the emergence of new types of firms like design houses for new materials, and collective bodies (consortia, EU Technology Platforms). But the effects of such co-evolutionary dynamics is still unknown.

In this task one seeks to investigate selected sectors (Health, food, water, Textiles, energy etc.) or technology fields (Nano-Biotechnology/Nanomedicine, Nanoelectronics etc.), how on the one hand sectoral and industry structures influence nano-based innovation, and on the other hand, which changes and challenges nanotechnology-based innovations may induce for business models and roles of specific types of actors and organizations, which new types of actors may emerge, which new markets open up and or come under pressure. How may innovation processes, networks and systems change as a result of these co-evolutionary processes?

Supervisor(s): Prof. Stefan Kuhlman (Ph. D) and Dr Kornelia E. Konrad (Ph.D)