As part of his professorship at the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (UGLOBE), Prof. Schot is currently involved in three Teaching elements, namely: Developing dedicated UGLOBE Summer and Winter Schools, Community Engaged Learning (CEL) as well as PhD Supervision. 

community engaged learning

The Centre for Global Challenges wishes to promote interdisciplinary collaboration between Utrecht University researchers, its students, and societal stakeholders from across the globe through Community Engaged Learning (CEL). 

What is Community Engaged Learning?

CEL is experiential education in which students, teachers, and external partners work together on societal challenges. CEL integrates societal engagement with academic study and reflection to enrich and enhance the learning experience and contribute to community needs. Community Engaged Learning comes in different forms. UGLOBE prioritizes projects that: 

  • intersect with our core research themes of human rights, conflict & security, sustainability, and equity; 
  • look beyond disciplinary boundaries; 
  • connect with global partners or show how global challenges manifest in local needs; 
  • and focus on the development of transformative competencies.


While in recent years, Professor Johan Schot has initiated numerous large scale interdisciplinary projects, involving vast numbers of senior researchers from across the world, he considers mentoring PhD students as equally crucial – and enjoyable. Throughout his career, Schot has guided a total of 20 PhD students, many of whom he remains to cooperate with closely.

Oscar Romero Goyeneche

Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges

Oscar is a Research Assistant at the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges. His PhD thesis aims to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by analysing enablers of synergies across the 17th goals. His work is based on Deep Transition Theory, which studies interrelationships between sociotechnical systems to identify enablers of systemic transformation.

DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development

University of Johannesburg

Professor Johan Schot is Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg and Chair of the Advisory Board to the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development. In this role Professor Schot In his role as Visiting Professor, Johan Schot immerses in capacity building and training sessions with 8 PhD students from South Africa, Kenya and the UK.


Promoter of Prof. Rosalind Williams (MIT) awarded an Honorary degree in History of Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology

Hoogma, Remco, ‘Exploiting Technological Niches. Strategies for Experimental Introduction of Electric Vehicles’, graduated May, 2000, University of Twente.

Geels, Frank, ‘Understanding the Dynamics of Technological Transitions: A Co-evolutionary and Socio-technical Analysis’, graduated November, 2002, University of Twente.

Staal, Peter-Eloy, ‘Automobilisme in Nederland: een geschiedenis van gebruik, misbruik en nut’ (The car in Dutch society), graduated April, 2003, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Rooij, Arjan van, ‘Building Plants: Markets for Technology and Internal Capabilities in DSM’s Fertiliser Business; 1925-1970’, graduated May, 2004, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Raven, Rob, ‘Strategic Niche Management for Biomass’, graduated June, 2005, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Buiter, Hans, ‘Techniek op straat. De wisselwerking tussen de technologie en de architectuur en het gebruik van de openbare ruimte in vier Nederlandse steden – 1860-1980’ (Technology on the street. A history of the use of public space in four Dutch cities), graduated October, 2005, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Schueler, Judith, ‘Materialising Identity. The Co-construction of the Gotthard railway and Swiss National Identity’, graduated May, 2008, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Lagendijk, Vincent, ‘Electrifying Europe. The power of Europe in the Development of Electricity Networks’, graduated September, 2008, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Schipper, Frank, ‘Driving Europe. Building Europe on Roads in the Twentieth Century’, graduated September, 2008, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Anastasiadou, Irene, ‘In Search of a Railway Europe. Transnational Railway Developments in Interwar Europe’, graduated January, 2009,Eindhoven University of Technology.

Verhees, Bram, ‘Cultural Legitimacy and Innovation Journeys. A New Perspective Applied to British and Dutch Nuclear Power History’, graduated February 2012 Eindhoven University of Technology.

Lommers, Suzanne, ‘Europe on Airwaves. Interwar projects for Radio Broadcasting’, graduated May 2012, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Janá, Jíri, ‘European Coast of the Bohemia. Negotiating the Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal in a Troubled Twentieth Century’, graduated December 2012, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Hristov, Ivailo, ‘The Communist Nuclear Era. Bulgarian Atomic Community during the Cold War, 1944-1986, graduated 2014, Eindhoven University of Technology

Popkema, Markus, ‘Tussen Techniek en Planning’, graduated 2014, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Torrens, Jonas, ‘The formation of favourable environments for urban experimentation: Contextual dynamics and transformative capacities in Bristol and Medellín’, SPRU, University of Sussex, graduated in 2018

Gosh, Bipashyee, ‘Transformations beyond experimentation: Sustainability transitions in megacities’, SPRU, University of Sussex, graduated in 2018

Yang, Keija, ‘Actor interactions and Transformation: Development of Solar and Wind Power in China post 2000’, SPRU, University of Sussex, graduated in 2020.


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