Much ado about new forms of governance – what’s behind it?

Welcome to the website of the Innovation in Governance Research Group!

We are an interdisciplinary research group examining the emergence, development, and expansion of new forms of governance.

Our aim is to devise a theoretical framework for the study of innovation in governance by implementing case studies on the global 'innovation journeys' of selected policy instruments and on their interaction with selected policy domains which delineate social-ecological contexts of implementation.

Alongside theory-based and empirical research, a transdisciplinary 'policy foresight' methodology will be developed to construct scenarios of future innovation pathways and discuss sustainability implications.

In September 2009, the group received funding for an initial four-year period from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) under its social-ecological research programme. It is based at the Technische Universität Berlin in affiliation with the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Technology and Society.


4 August 2014: Reports on the "challenging futures"-workshops are now online!

We are very happy to announce the publication of our final reports on the "challenging futures"-workshops we conducted in April 2013 concerning the future of both biodiversity offsets/banking and citizen panels as policy instruments. You may find both our reports here.

Our deep gratitude goes towards all the participants, the innumerable advisors and helping hands who supported us in our endeavor to grasp the challenges that new forms of governance pose to the public realm. You made our research not only possible but in many ways an inspiring and illuminative experience. Thank you very much!

10 July 2013: Innovation in science governance, and possible dynamics

The momentum on science policy debates is increasing. Recent developments in Germany include the call for the orientation of research and higher education towards sustainable development, as well as increased efforts by civil society organizations to mobilize for a 'research transition'. Jan-Peter Voß draws out the challenges of democratic governance of research and innovation with the scenario of a 'technoscientific arms race for sustainability' (in German). These may be promoted by the proposal for a new social contract for a 'transformative sustainability science' as put forward by the German government's Advisory Council on Global Environmental Change. You can download an extended version of the paper here.


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