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. 

Impact Philosophy

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.

Impact Narratives

Below posts depict news pieces, reports and policy papers that showcase the recognition of Johan Schot’s work within and beyond the academic arena.

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