Lars Coenen is full professor in innovation studies at CIRCLE and research leader for the platform dealing with sustainability transitions and innovation. He is also (part-time) research professor at NIFU, the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education. His research interests converge around regional innovation systems, eco-innovation and sustainability transitions. Empirically his research is centred on topics related to innovation and the biobased economy as well as sustainable urban transitions. His work has been published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Environment and Planning A and the Journal of Cleaner Production. Lars has pioneered the emerging field on the geography of sustainability transitions. His paper ‘Environmental Innovation and Sustainability Transitions in Regional Studies’ has been awarded the 2013 best paper award in Regional Studies. He has extensive experience in securing external funding and collaboration in national and international research projects financed by e.g. the European Science Foundation, European Framework 7 Program, Nordic Energy Research and the Swedish Energy Agency. Lars is member of the steering group of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN).


Coenen, L., Moodysson, J., Martin, H. (2015): Path renewal in old industrial regions: possibilities and limitations for regional innovation policy. Regional Studies Vol. 49, Issue 5, 850-865

Hansen, T., Coenen, L. (2015): The Geography of Sustainability Transitions: Review, Synthesis and Reflections on an Emergent Research Field. Forthcoming in Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.

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

McCormick, K., Anderberg, S., Coenen, L., Neij, L. ( 2013): Advancing Sustainable Urban Transformation. Journal of Cleaner Production Vol. 50, Issue 1, 1-11

Coenen, L., Benneworth, P. Truffer, B. (2012): Toward a spatial perspective on sustainability transitions. Research Policy Vol. 41, 968-979

Truffer, B., Coenen, L. (2012): Environmental Innovation and Sustainability Transitions in Regional Studies. Regional Studies, Vol. 46, Issue 1, 1-21 (awarded 2013 Regional Studies Association Best Paper Award by the editorial board of Regional Studies)

Asheim, B.T. & Coenen, L. (2005): Knowledge Bases and Regional Innovation Systems: Comparing Nordic Clusters. Research Policy, 34, 1173-1190.


Transformation and growth in innovation systems. Financed by VINNOVA (2010-2016).
Enabling the transition to a bio-economy: innovation system dynamics and policy. Financed by the Swedish Energy Agency (2014-2016).
Green Industrial Transitions. Financed by the Swedish Energy Agency (2014-2017). For more information see:
Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions (2014-2017). Financed by JPI Urban Europe. For more information see:
Sustainable path creation for innovative value chains for organic waste products (2015-2018). Financed by the Norwegian Research Council.


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