transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC)

Johan Schot is founder and academic director of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC). TIPC is a global network of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) researchers, policymakers and funding agencies who work together to explore how STI policy can contribute to “transformative system change” and thereby address global societal challenges as encapsulated in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

TIPC was founded in 2016 at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of which Johan Schot was director at the time. With Schot’s admission as Professor of Global History and Sustainability Transitions at the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (UGLOBE), TIPC became a UGLOBE flagship project

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bridging the science (STI) policy gap

Johan Schot regards interdisciplinary research and cross-sector collaboration as crucial for generating real impact. Therefore, it is one of TIPC’s main aims to close the gap between science and policymakers in which particular focus is laid upon Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy. Why a focus on STI policy? Because it was technological revolutions and industrial modernity that have contributed to current socio-technical systems tremendously.  

transformative system change

Socio-technical systems describe systems that operate at the level of societal domains or functions such as transport, energy, housing, agriculture and food, communication, and health care (Geels & Schot, 2010). They together provide the backbone of contemporary societies and have nurtured the way we develop and innovate, with economic growth as the one defining success factor. 

TIPC, in which a dedicated team of researchers collaborates with STI policymakers from across the world, aims at developing and implementing a new narrative around innovation policy – one that doesn’t focus on sheer growth but on contributing to the greater good and placing the SDGs at its core. 

TIPC furthermore aims at finding ways for evaluating and reflecting on innovation policies based on their “transformative potential” – their potential to direct the Second Deep Transition into a sustainable direction.

Key Publications

TIPC’s foundation is based on Johan Schot and Ed Steinmueller’s well received “Three Frames for Innovation” (2018) paper. By now, this paper has been downloaded more than 50,000 times and translated into SpanishFrench and Chinese (forthcoming). 

Resembling “Frame Three Thinking”, and informed by below TIPC Working Papers, Johan Schot and his team developed the “TIPC Methodology”, an approach that integrates the development of a Theory of Change with Transformative Outcomes and Formative Evaluation. The TIPC Methodology is currently applied and tested within numerous Experimental Policy Engagements

Together, these three publications form the cornerstones of TIPC. 

Members & Associates

TIPC is a five-year programme. Since its launch in 2016, TIPC has acquired members and associates from ten different countries and formed three Hubs which carry out operations on a regional level. Currently, TIPC consists of innovation ministries and funding agencies from Colombia, Finland, Norway, South Africa and Sweden with additional associate programmes ongoing in China, Brazil, Senegal, Ghana, and Kenya. 

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