TRANSIT briefs on Transformative Social Innovation & Governance

News_TransitCurious to get a better grasp of the dynamics and challenges of transformative social innovation? Check out the first and second TRANSIT Briefs, which Rene Kemp, Paul Weaver, Julia Backhaus and Tim Strasser have contributed to on behalf of the ICIS team. The first brief focuses on 12 social innovation networks and their change strategies & challenges, while the second brief zooms in on the governance and co-production challenges related to internal politics, institutionalization, hybridity and context factors.

Currently the ICIS team is working on a case study of Basic Income, as well as a paper on the notion of “inclusive society” in relation to transformative social innovation.

Pieter Glasbergen awarded Thought Leader Partnerships

The Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP) has asked their readers to nominate international thought, praxis, and thexis leaders in the cross-sector partnership domain who have inspired them in their work and theory. ARSP received nominations from 13 countries and ICIS is honored to announce that Prof. Pieter Glasbergen has been awarded the 2015 ARSP honors certificate as a Thought leader in Social Partnerships. Click Here to go the homepage of ARSP.

Past open day for the Master programme


The Open day of the Master programme Sustainability Science and Policy  took place last Saturday, October 10th.  Over 30 interested students with 9 different nationalities visited ICIS and attended the presentation about the program. They also spoke with current SSP students and staff members. The next Open day will take place on February 20th, 2016. Don’t miss it!


Master’s Open Day: 10 October 2015

Are you willing to contribute to a sustainable future? Would you like to acquire the knowledge and skills to deal with one of the world’s most relevant and complex questions: how to balance ecological, economic, and social developments for our present and future well-being? Then Sustainability Science and Policy is the right programme for you! Download the full info pack.

ICIS will host a Master’s Open Day on Saturday 10 October 2015 about the Master Sustainability Science and Policy. Two information sessions and an information market will be offered throughout the day and visitors will have the opportunity to talk with staff and students.

Please register via the Master’s Open Day page on the Maastricht University website. We look forward to welcoming you!

Workshop on the future of sustainable agriculture in Indonesia

ICIS organized a workshop on the future of sustainable agriculture in Indonesia from September 27th– October 2nd in Bali. This workshop was part of the SPIN project on global certifying partnerships and their effects on the socio-economic conditions of Indonesian smallholders. The workshop consisted of excellent expert presentations on the prospects of a sustainable agriculture of palm oil, coffee and cocoa in Indonesia. During the workshop we also discussed the results of the first two papers of our PhD candidates and the research designs for their third fieldwork. For more information, please visit our MUNPOP website.

Contribution to a documentary on halal food

Laura Kurth, a PhD Researcher at ICIS, was interviewed for a documentary on Halal food that was broadcasted by Dutch TV on the 28th of June 2015. The European market for halal food is growing, but complex and globalized production chains make it difficult for Muslims to determine whether their food is halal-worthy. Certification bodies create standards and try to govern the production processes.

The documentary questioned ‘hoe halal is halal?’ (only in Dutch).

Studium Generale presentation: Building a Better World

The studium Generale presentation: Building a Better World – A Choice of Sustainability Projects at ICIS, will give a taste of the research done in the field of sustainability at ICIS of Maastricht University.


Tuesday 14 April, 8 pm, Auditorium Minderbroedersberg 4-6

Sustanimalism: The (Un)Sustainability of Human-Animal Interactions – Prof. dr. Pim Martens
Our well-being is closely connected with that of animals. In this presentation, human-animal relationships will be linked to tools from sustainability science and some examples will be discussed (biodiversity, zoos).

City Labs and (Sustainable) Urban Development – Tim van Wanrooij
Cities face economic, social and environmental challenges. New forms of governance are called for, like urban labs. This presentation explains how guidelines are being developed to organize urban labs.

The comeback of the Electric Vehicle? – Dr. Marc Dijk
Already in the late 19th century electric automobiles were built. This presentation compares the introduction of EV’s in the late 19thcentury with today and discusses the chances for a successful revenge.

Do Indonesian Smallholders Benefit from Coffee Certification? – Dr. Astrid Offermans
A joint research program between the University of Lampung and Maastricht analyzes social and economic effects of global certifying partnerships. Is it still advisable to purchase certified coffee or not?

Free entrance. For more information on the presentations, see the Facebook page or Studium Generale website.

Urb@Exp project meeting in Malmö

From 11-13 March 2015, René Kemp, Ron Cörvers, Joop de Kraker en Christian Scholl from the ICIS Institute participated in the second project meeting of the European Urb@Exp research project. Urb@Exp is funded by the Joint Programme Initiative Urban Europe and brings together four academic institutes, one consultancy and five city partners to learn from the governance experiments of urban labs in Maastricht, Malmö, Graz, Leoben and Antwerp.

As part of this project metting, 25 representatives of the different partners visited several experimental projects in Malmö, inlcuding STPLN, a vibrant makers-space in the former port area. The city exchange day was followed by an interactive day of workshops structuring the coming action research in the five cities. First results of the research on the experiences of existing urban labs will soon be made available on the website of Urb@Exp.

"Sustainability is a MUST"

ICIS-MUST offers the Master of Science and  PhD programme 'Sustainability Science and Policy' (SSP), where students from different scientific backgrounds and nationalities work closely together under professional scientific leadership.

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New publications

  • Offermans, A. and Valkering, P. (2015). "Socially Robust River Management: Role of Perspective Dependent Acceptability Thresholds." J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage. , 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000615 , 04015062
  • Oduber, M., Ridderstaat, J. and Martens, P., The Connection of Vegetation with Tourism Development and Economic Growth: A Case Study for Aruba. Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering A 4 420-431. doi:10.17265/2162-5263/2015.08.004
  • Huynen, M. & Martens, P. (2015). Climate Change Effects on Heat- and Cold-Related Mortality in the Netherlands: A Scenario-Based Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12(10), 13295-13320; doi:10.3390/ijerph121013295
  • Font Vivanco, D., Kemp, R. and Van der Voet, E. The relativity of eco-innovation: environmental rebound effects from past transport innovations in Europe. Journal of Cleaner Production 101 (2015) 71e85
  • Ndichu, J., Blohmke, J., Kemp, R., Adeoti, J. & Obayelu, A.E (2015). The adoption of energy efficiency measures by firms in Africa: case studies of cassava processing in Nigeria and maize milling in Kenya. Innovation and Development, 5:2, 189-206DOI: 10.1080/2157930X.2015.1057980
  • Kurth, L. and Glasbergen, P. (2015). Dealing with tensions of multiculturalism: The politics of ritual slaughter in the Netherlands. European Journal of Cultural Studies. doi: 10.1177/1367549415603375
  • Hidayat, N., Glasbergen, P., Offermans, A. (2015). Sustainability Certification and Palm Oil Smallholders’ Livelihood: A Comparison between Scheme Smallholders and Independent Smallholders in Indonesia. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMA). 18:3:25-48
  • Akin, S., Martens, P. & Huynen, M. (2015). Climate change and infectious disease risk in Western Europe: a survey of Dutch expert opinion on adaptation responses and actors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(8), 9726-9749.
  • Beumer, C. & Martens, P. (2015). BIMBY’s first steps: a pilot study on the contribution of residential front-yards in Phoenix and Maastricht to biodiversity, ecosystem services and urban sustainability. Urban Ecosystems, 20 August 2015, DOI 10.1007/s11252-015-0488-y
  • Bitzer, V. & Glasbergen, P. (2015). Business–NGO partnerships in global value chains: part of the solution or part of the problem of sustainable change?. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 12: 35–40
  • Ibnu, M., Glasbergen, P., Offermans, A., Arifin, B. (2015). Farmer preferences for coffee certification: a conjoint analysis of the Indonesian Smallholders.  Journal of Agricultural Science, 7:6: 20-34
  • Vasseur, V. & Kemp, R. (2015) A segmentation analysis: the case of photovoltaic in the Netherlands. Energy Efficiency. doi: 1-19. 10.1007/s12053-015-9340-8
  • Offermans, A. & Glasbergen, P. (2015) Boundary work in sustainability partnerships: an exploration of the round table on sustainable palm oil. Environmental Science and Policy. 50:  34-45 doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.01.016
  • Dijk, M. (2015) "From government to multi-stakeholder governance for sustainable mobility", in: F. Mancebo and I. Sachs (eds), “Transitions to Sustainability, Berlin: Springer
  • Offermans, A. and Cörvers, R. (2014) Hebben Indonesische boeren profijt van koffie- en palmoliecertificering? Milieu. 8: 42-44
  • Oduber, M., Ridderstaat, J., Martens, P. (2014). The Bilateral Relationship Between Tourism and Dengue Occurrence: Evidence From Aruba. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management, 2:6 223-244, doi: 10.17265/2328-2169/2014.06.001
  • Peeters, M., (2014). "Europees Klimaatrecht en Nationale Beleidsruimte", Nederlands Juristenblad 2014, nr 41, artikelnummer 2109, pp 2918-2925
  • Vasseur, V. &  Kemp, R., (2014). "The adoption of PV in the Netherlands: A statistical analysis of adoption factors". Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 41, January 2015, Pages 483–494. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.08.020
  • Akin, S & Martens, P. (2014) "A survey of Dutch expert opinion on climatic drivers of infectious disease risk in Western Europe" Climate 2014, 2(4), 310-328; DOI: 10.3390/cli2040310
  • Dijk, M., R. Orsato and R. Kemp (2014). "Towards a regime-based typology of market evolution", Technol. Forecast. Soc. Change, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2014.10.002
  • Dijk, M. & Parkhurst, G. (2014). "Understanding the mobility-transformative qualities of urban park and ride polices in the UK and the Netherlands", International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management Vol. 14 (3/4), pp.246 – 270, DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2014.065292
  • Scholl, C., (2014) "The New Social Movement Approach", In: van der Heijden, H., "Handbook Of Political Citizenship And Social Movements" (pp 233-258), Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978 1 78195 470 6.
  • Beumer, C. & Martens, P. (2014) "Biodiversity in my (back)yard: towards a framework for citizen engagement in exploring biodiversity and ecosystem services in residential gardens", Sustainability Science, DOI 10.1007/s11625-014-0270-8
  • Dijk, M. (2014). "A socio-technical perspective on the electrification of the automobile: niche and regime interaction", Int. J. Automotive Technology and Management 14 (2): 158-171. DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2014.060749
  • Martens, P., Caselli, M, De Lombaerde, P., Figge, L. and Scholte, J.A. (2014) "New Directions in Globalization Indices", Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2014.944336
  • Horlings, L.G. & Hinssen, J.P.P. (2014) "Sustainable innovation in intensive animal husbandry; policy and public protests towards a mega-farm in the Netherlands", ESSACHESS. Journal for Communication Studies, vol. 7, no. 1(13) / 2014: 125-145
  • Derkx, B., P. Glasbergen (2014) "Elaborating global private meta-governance: An inventory in the realm of voluntary sustainability standards", Global Environmental Change 27, 41–50, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.016
  • Pesqueira, L., P. Glasbergen (2014) "How Sustainability Partnerships Manage Complex Societal Issues: The Case of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector", In: Bohórguez, E., N. Etxaniz (eds) A new generation of public control, Transparencia Mexicana, pp 125-136
  • Abson, D.J., H. von Wehrden, S. Baumgärtner, J. Fischer, J. Hanspach, W. Härdtle, H. Heinrichs, A.M. Klein, D.J. Lang, P. Martens and D. Walmsley (2014) "Ecosystem services as a boundary object for sustainability", Ecological Economics 103, 29–37
  • Font Vivanco, D., Kemp, R., van der Voet, E., Heijungs, R. (2014) "Using LCA-based decomposition analysis to study the multi-dimensional contribution of technological innovation to environmental pressures", Journal of Industrial Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12118
  • Nie, H., Kemp, R. (2014) "Index decomposition analysis of residential energy consumption in China: 2002-2010", Applied Energy, 121: 10–19
  • Figge, L., & Martens, P. (2014) "Globalisation Continues: The Maastricht Globalisation Index Revisited and Updated", Globalizations Vol. 11 Iss: 2, DOI:10.1080/14747731.2014.887389
  • Peeters, M., Uylenburg, R. (2014) "EU Environmental Legislation, Legal Perspectives on Regulatory Strategies", ISBN: 9781781954768, DOI:10.4337/9781781954775
  • De Kraker, J., Kuijs, S., Cörvers, R., Offermans, A. (2014) "Internet public opinion on climate change: a world views analysis of online reader comments", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 6 Iss: 1, pp.19 - 33, DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-09-2013-0109
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  Carijn Beumer 2014