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With his work, Johan Schot wants to explore and address the great challenges of our time, including climate change and inequality. By means of applying an interdisciplinary approach to his research and bringing many different stakeholders and actors from the academic, policy and business arena and civil society to the table, Schot contributes to breaking down silos and carving out new spaces that allow for innovative ideas to flourish.
According to Johan Schot humanities and social sciences should focus on addressing the biggest challenges of our times including the climate change and biodiversity crises, social inequality and the future of democracy through providing rigorous research and expertise. Schot perceives the production of knowledge as a collective process. He sees his own role as that of a builder of networks and bridges between science and policy. By applying a transdisciplinary research approach and working jointly with various actors, he advocates academic entrepreneurship, team work and collaboration across disciplines in hybrid spaces such as the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges. Currently, he is developing two platforms that experiment with this type of transdisciplinary research: the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium and the Deep Transitions Global Investors Panel. In this interview, Schot elaborates on what lies behind his passion for impact and action driven research projects.
Below publications are a collection of reports, policy papers and narratives that showcase the recognition of Johan Schot’s research beyond the academic arena.
In their latest STI policy report, the OECD highlights Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) as a novel and emerging approach for redirecting economies and societies, post-COVID, towards more equitable, sustainable and resilient futures. To underpin this argument, the report refers to Schot and Steinmueller's publication ‘Three Frames for Innovation’ (2018).
This report by the European Commission provides theoretical arguments and policy recommendations to foster a roadmap for a new approach on R&I policies at European level. An approach that shall contribute to transforming the EU into a fair and prosperous society and putting its economy on a more sustainable and inclusive path. For this, the report fully integrates "Frame Three" Thinking as proposed by Schot and Steinmueller (2018).
As part of his work for a high level national Expert Commission (Mision de Sabios), Johan Schot contributed to a report that addresses implementing the SDGs in Colombia. Schot et al's proposal for a national STI policy programme and experimentation was endorsed by Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez and MinCiencias, the new Colombian ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.