Teis Hansen is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Human Geography, Lund University. He holds a PhD in economic geography from the University of Copenhagen (2012). Teis has an interest in the relation between innovation, sustainability, policy and globalisation. His research focuses on the importance of spatial aspects of innovation processes for sustainability transitions; transformative innovation policy; the role of innovation in the bioeconomy; and on the position of emerging economies in global innovation processes within the field of renewable energy.

Teis is leading the project GONST – Where does the Green Economy Grow? The Geography of Nordic Sustainability Transitions (2017-2019), financed by NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research. Read here for more info.

Teis currently participates in a number of other research projects:

  • REINVENT – Realising Innovation in Transitions for Decarbonisation. Financed by The European Commission, Horizon 2020 (2016-2020)
  • STEPS – Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways. Financed by The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA) (2016-2020)
  • Greening the Fleet – Sustainability Transitions in the Maritime Shipping Sector. Financed by The Research Council of Norway (2017-2020)


Grillitsch, M. & Hansen, T. (2019): Green industry development in different types of regions. European Planning Studies, in press

Capasso, M.; Hansen, T.; Heiberg, J.; Klitkou, A. & Steen, M. (2019): Green growth – a synthesis of scientific findings. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 146, 390-402

Grillitsch, M.; Hansen, T.; Coenen, L.; Miörner, J. & Moodysson, J. (2019): Innovation policy for system-wide transformation: The case of strategic innovation programmes (SIPs) in Sweden. Research Policy, Vol. 48 (4), 1048-1061

Madsen, S.H.J. & Hansen, T. (2019): Cities and climate change – examining advantages and challenges of urban climate change experiments. European Planning Studies, Vol. 27 (2), 282-299

Bauer, F.; Hansen, T. & Hellsmark, H. (2018): Innovation in the bioeconomy – dynamics of biorefinery innovation networks. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 30 (8), 935-947

Hansen, T. & Mattes, J. (2018): Proximity and power in collaborative innovation projects. Regional Studies, Vol. 52 (1), 35-46

Binz, C.; Gosens; J.; Hansen, T. & Hansen, U.E. (2017): Towards technology-sensitive catching-up policies: Insights from renewable energy in China. World Development, Vol. 96 (3), 418-437

Bauer, F.; Coenen, L.; Hansen, T.; McCormick, K. & Palgan, Y.V. (2017): Technological innovation systems for biorefineries – A review of the literature. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Vol. 11 (3), pp. 534-548

Hansen, T. & Coenen, L. (2017): Unpacking resource mobilisation by incumbents for biorefineries: The role of micro-level factors for technological innovation system weaknesses. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 29 (5), pp. 500-513

Hansen, T.; Klitkou, A.; Borup, M.; Scordato, L. & Wessberg, N. (2017): Path creation in Nordic energy and road transport systems – the role of technological characteristics. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 70, pp. 551-562

Hansen, U.E.; Fold, N. & Hansen, T. (2016): Upgrading to lead firm position via international acquisition: learning from the global biomass power plant industry. Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 16, pp. 131-153

Bugge, M.M.; Hansen, T. & Klitkou, A. (2016): What is the Bioeconomy? A Review of the Literature. Sustainability, Vol. 8 (7), 691

Hansen, T. & Coenen, L. (2015): The geography of sustainability transitions: Review, synthesis and reflections on an emergent research field. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Vol. 17, pp. 92-109

Hansen, T. (2015): Substitution or overlap? The relations between geographical and non-spatial proximity dimensions in collaborative innovation projects. Regional Studies, Vol. 49 (10), pp. 1672-1684

Coenen, L.; Hansen, T. & Rekers, J. (2015): Innovation Policy for Grand Challenges. An Economic Geography Perspective. Geography Compass, Vol. 9 (9), pp. 483-496

Klitkou, A.; Bolwig, S.; Hansen, T. & Wessberg, N. (2015): The role of lock-in mechanisms in transition processes: the case of energy for road transport. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Vol. 16, pp. 22-37

Rekers, J. & Hansen, T. (2015): Interdisciplinary research and geography: Overcoming barriers through proximity. Science and Public Policy, Vol. 42 (2), pp. 242-254

Hansen, T. & Winther, L. (2015): Manufacturing in the knowledge economy: innovation in low-tech industries. In: Bryson, J.R.; Clark, J. & Vanchan, V. (eds) The Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy, pp. 439-450. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham

Hansen, T. (2014): Juggling with Proximity and Distance: Collaborative Innovation Projects in the Danish Cleantech Industry. Economic Geography, Vol. 90 (4), pp. 375-402

Hansen, T. & Winther, L. (2014): Competitive low-tech manufacturing and challenges for regional policy in the European context – lessons from the Danish experience. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Vol. 7 (3), pp. 449-470

Hansen, T.; Winther, L. & Hansen, R.F. (2014): Human Capital in Low-Tech Manufacturing: the Geography of the Knowledge Economy in Denmark. European Planning Studies, Vol. 22 (8), pp. 1693-1710

Hansen, T. (2013): Bridging regional innovation: cross-border collaboration in the Øresund Region. Danish Journal of Geography, Vol. 113 (1), pp. 25-38

Hansen, T. & Winther, L. (2011): Innovation, regional development and relations between high- and low-tech industries. European Urban and Regional Studies, Vol. 18 (3), pp. 321-339

Hansen, T. (2010): The Danish fabricated metal industry: A competitive medium-low-tech industry in a highwage country. Danish Journal of Geography, Vol. 110 (1), pp. 65-80

Hansen, T. & Hansen, R.F. (2006): Integration of the scientific community as exemplified by the biotech sector: An analysis based on bibliometric indicators in the Danish-Swedish border region. GeoJournal, Vol. 67 (3), pp. 241-252

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