For other chairs involved in the programme in Governance of Knowledge and Innovation, have a look at the involved research groups.

Professor Kuhlmann

“Science, technology, and innovation processes have always been tightly interwoven with society”, says Stefan Kuhlmann. “At the beginning of the third millennium this holds more than ever. New knowledge and technologies evoke hopes, hypes, frustration, and change.” Kuhlmann’s research is led by questions like: “Can we steer knowledge and innovation in society? How are governance needs constructed and pursued?“ He suggests a metaphor: Knowledge creators, policy-makers and innovation theorists are ‘partners on a dancing floor’, moving to varying music and forming different configurations. The TGS programme in Governance of Knowledge and Innovation aims to explore the forces and moves of this dance. Understanding the dynamics, TGS graduates will design more sustainable and effective ways of governing and managing socio-technical change.

Kuhlmann is a political scientist and historian by education (University of Marburg, Germany; PhD and ‘habilitation’ [2nd doctorate] in political science at University of Kassel, Germany). He held leading positions at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany (1988 -2006), and he was Professor of Innovation Policy Analysis at the University of Utrecht (2001-06). Kuhlmann is now full professor Foundations of Science, Technology and Society, and Chair of the Dept Science, Technology & Policy Studies (STəPS). He coordinates the Strategic Research Orientation “Governance of Innovation, Technology, Higher Education and Research (GITHER)” at the Institute of Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS).

Kuhlmann has published widely in his field. He is a co-editor of Research Policy (leading journal in the field), on the Editorial Board of Science and Public Policy, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy (IJFIP), and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Evaluation.