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Spearheads

IGS has pinpointed eight spearheads of research. These are:

·         Technosciences: studies of emerging technologies

·         Management and entrepreneurship

·         Innovation of governance

·         Water

·         Health

·         Safety and security

·         Education and training

·         Energy

Technosciences: studies of emerging technologies

inquires how emerging technologies develop as scientific and innovation fields, how they become integrated into business and use environments, how future developments can be anticipated and assessed, and how they can be governed. It combines analysis of ongoing developments with approaches aimed at intervening in the development and governance of emerging technologies. The interdisciplinary research area draws in particular on science and technology studies, innovation studies and governance studies.

 

CONTACT PERSON: KORNELIA KONRAD

Management and Entrepreneurship

studies the fundamentals of innovation and business development, primarily in technological contexts. The relevant perspectives here originate from operations management, organization theory, organizational behaviour, business ethics, human resource management, strategy, marketing and communication, international management and entrepreneurship.

 

CONTACT PERSON: RAINER HARMS

 

Innovation of Governance

focuses on changes in the relationships between citizens and their government at various levels in terms of legitimacy and effectiveness, focusing on contemporary shifts from ‘government in hierarchies’ to ‘governance in networks’. Hence, this IGS research program focuses mostly on the developments in the public sphere. It draws on, and further develops theories and insights from the fields of public administration, political science, sociology, psychology, law and public sector economics.

 

CONTACT PERSON: GIEDO JANSEN

Water

specifically water systems and water governance. This research spearhead is unique in bringing together and balancing the natural and social sciences. Understanding the relation between issues of flooding, water scarcity and ecosystem changes on the one side and human development on the other side requires a multidisciplinary perspective.

 

CONTACT PERSON: TATIANA FILATOVA

 

THE TWENTE WATER CENTRE (TWC)

The Twente Water Centre (TWC) is a centre of expertise in the area of water systems and governance. The Centre is unique in bringing together and balancing the natural and social sciences.
Thereto the Centre bundles expertise from various groups located within the University of Twente.  Visit
www.utwente.nl/water

Health

combines expertise in the fields of psychology, epidemiology, economics, medicine, health science and communication science. A design approach is used to deliver innovative interventions and solutions for health promotion and healthcare. 

 

CONTACT PERSON: HESTER TROMPETTER

Safety and Security

focuses on risk management and security and safety issues in domains such as health, social safety, sustainability, water, and new technologies. Drawing from disciplines of public administration, political science, and social psychology, researchers are working on topics as simulation models of infections; risk management and innovation in the construction business; risk perceptions of nanotechnology; and behavioral or group dynamic aspects of social safety.


CONTACT PERSON: ELZE UFKES


THE CENTRE FOR RISK MANAGEMENT, SAFETY AND SECURITY

The Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security combines education and research on risk management, safety and security at the University of Twente. It offers a portal for questions, requests, knowledge exchange and assignments from all sectors in society. It initiates research on risk management, safety and security and disseminates the findings. The Centre also provides the opportunity for education and training.Visit www.utwente.nl/veiligheid

Education and Training

studies educational developments and the design of curricula and educational programmes. Research on the design of educational programmes focuses on factors which play a role in the productivity and efficiency of the programmes. A variety of research and design methodologies is used to tackle actual issues in the design and evaluation of educational programmes. 

 

CONTACT PERSON: MAAIKE ENDEDIJK

Energy

Changing the energy system is a key societal challenge. Current energy systems, characterized by central production of (fossil and nuclear) energy are more and more prone to problems related to security of supply, geopolitical instable relations, price instability, and harmful environmental impacts. Moreover, in many countries there is a call among citizens to spur development of new energy systems, characterized by decentralized energy production and increased use of renewable sources. Diffusion of innovations in energy production, distribution and consumption is key to spur systemic change (and hence energy transition). However,  transitional change will not only depend on technological innovation. It also involves awareness raising, improved resource management, changing social (and behavioral) practices, preferences, and institutions. This new energy system matches current economic, regulatory and policy models and market preferences poorly.

Full understanding of social practices, organisations, market mechanisms and policies is necessary to identify drivers for changing energy systems, and trigger development of incentives and intervention strategies to foster transitional change from one energy system to another. New governance and market models are called for to spur this transitional change.


CONTACT PERSON: MAARTEN ARENTSEN