Christian Binz is a tenure-track group leader at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and technology (Eawag) and an affiliate postdoctoral researcher at CIRCLE, Lund University. He received his PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Bern in 2012. Christian is a recipient of the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability Science (2015) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has worked as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at UC Berkeley, Qinghua University (China) and Eawag (Switzerland).

His current research interests are centered on the multi-scalar geography of sustainability transitions in the water and energy sector. By combining recent insights from transition studies, evolutionary economic geography and the global innovation networks literature, he aims to explore how international linkages shape innovation in clean-tech industries and the technological leapfrogging potential of latecomer economies. In his current Swiss NSF-funded Post-Doctoral Research project he investigates how extra-regional network connections influence industrial path creation in the Chinese solar PV, wind power and water recycling sector.


Binz, C., Truffer, B. (2017): Global Innovation Systems – A conceptual framework for innovation dynamics in transnational contexts. Research Policy, 64 (7), 1284-1298.

Binz, C., Gosens, J., Hansen, T., Hansen, U. E. (2017): Toward Technology-Sensitive Catching-Up Policies: Insights from Renewable Energy in China. World Development, 96, 418-437.

Binz, C., Tang, T, Huenteler, J. (2016): Spatial Lifecycles of Cleantech Industries – the Global Development History of Solar Photovoltaics. Energy Policy, 101 (2017), 386-402.

Binz, C., Truffer, B. and Coenen, L. (2016): Path creation as a process of resource alignment and anchoring – Industry formation for on-site water recycling in Beijing. Economic Geography, 92 (2), 172-200.

Binz, C., Truffer, B. and Coenen, L. (2014): Why space matters in technological innovation systems – The global knowledge dynamics of membrane bioreactor technology. Research Policy Vol. 43, Issue 1, 138-155


Globalization of cleantech industries – Reconstructing China’s integration into the global innovation networks of wind power and solar photovoltaics. Early Postdoc.Mobility Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (1.5 years, finished in Jan. 2017).


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