Anna J. Wieczorek

Anna J. Wieczorek
Eindhoven University of Technology | TUE · Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences

PhD

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March 2014 - present
Eindhoven University of Technology
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  • Lecturer
January 2007 - December 2013
Utrecht University
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  • Researcher
December 1999 - present
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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  • Researcher/Executive Officer IHDP IT program

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Asia’s rapidly growing cities are gearing up to meet increasing mobility needs while simultaneously striving to achieve sustainability goals. A number of new innovations are being introduced in the form of experiments aiming to change the systems and rule-sets that currently dominate the provision of mobility services in Asian cities. This chapter...
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This chapter articulates a comprehensive definition of the notion of ‘experimentation’ in the context of urban sustainability transitions. Highlighting a number of key dimensions, we argue that experiments can be analysed according to the degree to which they are (1) inclusive, (2) systemic, (3) practice-based, (4) challenge-led and (5) adaptive in...
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This paper explores transnational linkages in sustainability experiments. Transnational linkages refer to diverse cross-border relationships and interactions that can complement local, regional and national capabilities enabling sustainability experiments. The paper develops a typology of transnational linkages and applies it to solar photovoltaic...
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Systemic policy instruments are receiving increased attention among innovation scholars as a means to stimulate sustainability oriented technological innovation. The instruments are called systemic in the expectation that they will improve the functioning of entire (innovation) systems. A first step in designing systemic instruments is an analysis...
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Increasingly, energy communities engage in smart grid experiments to explore new ways to collectively generate, consume, store, manage, and trade energy. Transition literature puts forward that replication of such experiments is essential for socio-technical transformation. However, in practice many experiments remain rather isolated events that fa...
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Collaboration between organisations plays an increasingly fundamental role in a growing number of sectors, including Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), and has given rise to the Collaborative Business Model (CBM). A review of literature on CBMs provides an overview of CBM interpretations, and finds that tensions between collaboration and competition, an...
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Society is in strong need to change the way in which energy is produced and consumed. To cope with this complex challenge, integration of knowledge from different disciplines is needed. This paper shows how an interdisciplinary educational approach called networked learning combined with sustainability transition theories can help groups of enginee...
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Recent developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and ongoing digitalisation processes play key roles in the energy transition. It is often argued that digital technology has the potential to empower citizens and communities and thereby contribute not only to a more sustainable but also to a more democratic and fairer energy sys...
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An urban mobility transition requires a transition in space allocation, since most mobility modes are dependent on urban open space for circulation and the storage of vehicles. Despite increasing attention to space and spatiality in transitions research, the finite, physical aspects of urban space, and the means by which it is allocated, have not b...
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This paper conceptually integrates socio-technical transitions with a mobility justice framework through the method of discourse analysis. A sample of media articles and secondary sources relating to the contested introduction of dockless bikeshare in the mature cycling city of Amsterdam was analysed using a multi-dimensional discursive interaction...
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The current mobility system faces severe sustainability challenges and requires a fundamental change. Enabled by smart mobility innovations, the previously separate fields of shared, electric, and automated mobility seem to converge into a promising alternative. As the ultimate combination, it is expected to have a major impact by transforming the...
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In this paper, we demonstrate the complexity of intermediation in practice. Intermediaries are seen as crucial actors in a transition process, but so far the transition intermediary literature has had a positive bias towards their role. We mobilize strong structuration theory to develop an analytical perspective that captures how complexity, tensio...
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Community-driven energy initiatives are seen as important drivers of the energy transition. So far these initiatives focused mainly on energy generation and conservation. Recently however, some initiatives started to adopt smart grid technologies like Virtual Power Plants (VPP) which enables them to become involved in the distribution, trading and...
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Cycling-based mobility services or 'Cycling as a Service' (CaaS) have recently expanded in number and scale in the Netherlands. In contrast to the contexts of most other CaaS studies to date, cycling has a high modal share and strong institutions in the Dutch context. However, these supportive features have not translated into straightforward succe...
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This paper considers the potential of blockchain technology to empower distributed and decentralized local electricity markets. Although blockchain has gained considerable attention in the last few years as a facilitator for new electricity markets, no attention has yet been given to its potential influence on the configuration of the actors in the...
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Research on sustainability transitions has expanded rapidly in the last ten years, diversified in terms of topics and geographical applications, and deepened with respect to theories and methods. This article provides an extensive review and an updated research agenda for the field, classified into nine main themes: understanding transitions; power...
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An increasing number of studies have analysed the scope for, and the barriers to, transitions toward sustainability in the context of developing countries building on analytical perspectives from the sustainability transitions literature. This paper introduces a special issue on sustainability transitions in developing countries, which takes stock...
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In this paper, we aim to understand what ICT-related automobility experiments are initiated in the Netherlands, who is involved and what promises they make, in order to get a better understanding of the magnitude and direction of change. We show an example of how to study a large variety of experiments to understand the emergence of niches before p...
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Sustainability transitions literature is a rapidly growing and influential field of research. It argues for a radical change of systems providing human needs. Being triggered by the negative implications of the Western post-war model of development, major transition frameworks such as multilevel perspective, strategic niche management or transition...
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It is generally accepted that the concept of sustainability is not straightforward, but is subject to on-going ambiguities, uncertainties and contestations. Yet literature on sustainability transitions has so far only engaged in limited ways with the resulting tough questions around what sustainability means, to whom and in which contexts. This pap...
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This review paper systematically queries the Sustainability Transitions literature to unpack the concept of ‘experimentation’. We define an experiment as an inclusive, practice-based and challenge-led initiative, which is designed to promote system innovation through social learning under conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. A distinction is ma...
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According to the climate and energy package enacted in 2009, the European Union commits to a 20-20-20 target that includes increased share of EU energy consumption produced from renewable resources to 20% by 2020. This paper presents the Polish renewable energy market, its regulatory framework and main problems related to transformation from an eco...
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This paper discusses systemic problems hindering the large-scale European diffusion of offshore wind technology using the Technological Innovation System perspective. The most urgent identified problems include: cost of technology, lack of common vision on grid improvement, fragmented European electricity market, reliability and availability of tec...
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Global sustainability is increasingly influenced by economic growth and social change in non-OECD countries, especially in Asia. Growth models suggest that industrializing economies will become first relatively more resource-and pollution-intensive, before becoming more resource-efficient and less polluting, following the pattern of higher-income e...
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Global sustainability is increasingly influenced by processes of industrialisation and urbanization in non-OECD countries, especially in Asia. Growth models suggest that developing economies and regions will become first relatively more resource- and pollution-intensive, before converging on more resource-efficient and low-pollution production and...
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The phrase “sustainable development” appears increasingly in national policies in Asian countries and there are many successful ‘sustainability experiments’ documented at local level throughout the region. We explore why, despite the efforts made at the national level and the good practices at local level, underlying trends are away from sustainabi...
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One of the great themes of the social debate about environmental protection has been the question whether environmental quality can be safeguarded without major economic or social change. With the advent of the notion of ‘sustainable development’ in the late 1980s a new consensus emerged which sug gested that the economy and the environment could b...
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In this paper we review major theoretical (neoclassical economics, evolutionary, systemic and knowledge-based) insights about innovation and we analyse their implications for the characteristics of contemporary innovation policy and instruments. We show that the perspectives complement each other but altogether reveal the need to redefine the curre...
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Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2009 This presentation was part of the session : Roundtables on Methods, Measures, and Data
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Rapid industrialisation in Asia is generating a significant new demand for raw materials and pressure on local, regional and global environments. In the future these demands and pressures are expected to increase markedly. These concerns are models of development that assume that economic growth follows a pattern leading to a convergence between th...
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This chapter analyses the extent to which recent trends in governance are likely to contribute to an encompassing industrial transformation. These trends are (1) the emergence and involvement of non-governmental actors in the policy process, (2) the development and introduction of new instruments, and (3) the growing importance of the international...
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The book is the first attempt to integrate disciplinary views on the topic of transformations (or transitions) towards sustainability. The book highlights current disciplinary thinking about transformations; It looks for common grounds, language and understanding of such a complex phenomenon as societal change and the scope for bringing about desir...
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Global environmental change problems due to their unstructured characteristics, being marked by great uncertainties and a big number of stakeholders, prove to be too difficult to solve in a traditional way alone. They call for a more proactive approach. One of them advocates systems change driven by technological innovations accompanied by institut...
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The current research and up to date experience with transitions suggest that to be able to stimulate transitions towards sustainability we still need to build a strong knowledge base in this field. In particular we face two major research challenges, notably (1) the need to improve insights in the dynamic of transition processes and (2) the need to...
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Russia occupies a key position in European climate policy. Cooperation with Russia offers two policy options to the West European industrialised states which are required, under the terms of the Kyoto Protocol, to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Natural gas imported from Russia could be used to replace coal, which produces higher CO2 emissio...
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Steigender Wohlstand schafft mehr und andere Umweltprobleme, als er löst. Zur Lösung der mit Wirtschaftswachstum einhergehenden globalen Umweltprobleme ist ein grundlegender Systemwandel nötig. Die industrielle Produktion muss Wirtschaftswachstum weitestgehend vom Ressourcenverbrauch entkoppeln. Ausgangspunkt für eine umfassende Neuorganisation der...
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Viele der gravierenden, Länder übergreifende Umweltprobleme sind zu eng mit Wirtschaftswachstum und Lebensstilen verbunden, als dass sie ohne umfas­sende Änderung der industriellen Produktionsmuster lösbar wären. Transitions­forschung zeigt Wege zur nötigen Veränderung von Industrie und Gesellschaft um die Lebensgrundlagen einer wachsenden Bevölker...
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Table of Content Klaus Jacob, Manfred Binder and Anna Wieczorek: Preface p.1 Klaus Jacob: Governance for Industrial Transformation The Scope of the Challenge p.7 Anna J. Wieczorek and Pier Vellinga: The Need for Industrial Transformation p.21 Section A: MultiActor and MultiLevel Governance Wolfgang Meyer and Katrin Baltes: Network Failures How Real...
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This paper seeks to advance recent work on systemic policy instruments. It builds on the evolutionary, systemic and knowledge-based insights about innovation and aims to relate this to the need for novel instruments of innovation policy to help meet the challenges of sustainability. It does so in two ways. First, it defines systemic instruments as...

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By ratifying the Paris Agreement, the Netherlands has committed to an ambitious climate policy, the implementation of which can only be achieved through a substantial reduction in GHG emissions. Key opportunities for realising such a transition are increasingly situated at the local and regional level. To seize these opportunities regional authorities, companies, and social partners in 30 regions across The Netherlands are expected to develop a so-called regional energy strategy (RES). How to practically organise such a regional energy transition however, remains a challenge. The ORAKLE project aims to support the regional energy transition by experimenting with existing and novel ways of organising knowledge and learning in the context of a Noord-Brabant living lab. TIS group at TU Eindhoven, in collaboration with HPM group at TU/e, Enpuls, University of Tilburg and Het PON will support the provincial government of Noord-Brabant in facilitating the basic knowledge infrastructure and becoming a knowledge broker in the field. Theoretically the project will draw on sustainability transition studies, regional governance insights and applied psychology. Since this is about doing research that matters, methodologically we go for co-creation and action research! More information: Anna J. Wieczorek Project leader https://research.tue.nl/en/projects/organising-knowledge-and-learning-for-the-regional-energy-transit
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This project studies the transition from Automobility to Smart Mobility. The aim is to study the role of data and information in the transition process. We focus on: • The future users of smart mobility, including drivers, truck drivers and truck companies, cyclist, pedestrians, road and traffic managers • The governance of smart mobility: the division of tasks between the government, industry and consumers • The on-going experiments and pilots in the field of smart mobility • How to deal with the enormous amount of data that is being generated by cars in a way that is both secure and useful from a societal perspective The research program ‘From (auto)mobility to smart mobility’ is a collaboration between Eindhoven University of Technology and Rijkswaterstaat/Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu. Within the program, the transition to smart mobility is researched from a socio-technical perspective. Three PhD researchers from the Department of Innovation Sciences focus on users, governance, and experiments. Two PhD researchers from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science take a more technical approach and focus on data and security challenges. The project aims to inform and support policy in the field of smart mobility. At the start of project the focus has been mainly on Intelligent Traffic systems and management, but more recently the focus has shifted to Automated driving and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).
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Although local power generation by renewable sources is increasing, it has not yet had a real impact on radical decarbonisation of the energy sector. Changes need to be made by unlocking the potential of the prosumer. This project proposes a community-based Virtual Power Plant (cVPP), a novel model that can help organise & significantly boost renewable energy production & distribution at a local level. cVPP is a portfolio of aggregated Distributed Energy Resources (DER), coordinated by an ICT platform, which reacts to changing prices, energy flows and weather, and which is adopted by prosumers who collectively generate and trade electricity. What makes VPP 'community-based' is not only involvement of community but also community values, decision making and ownership of the assets. Through aggregation, cVPP empowers prosumers and boosts local renewable energy production and distribution. It thereby provides a climate protection strategy to radically reduce GHG emissions that individual initiatives would not able to achieve (van Summeren, Wieczorek and Verbong, 2020). In this project we have been fortunate to have the possibility to practically implement cVPP in communities of The Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland. Based on the transition theories and practical lessons from this implementation process and to guide the roll-out of cVPP to other territories, together with partner Duneworks, we developed a Mobilisation & Replication (MoRe) model and mobilised 9 follower communities to configure their own cVPPs. To enable further replication process we engage in a series of trainings to local energy ambassadors. https://www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/cvpp-community-based-virtual-power-plant/