Professor of Transition Studies
We live in times of transition: a change of eras rather than an era of change. Our society is gradually shifting from a centralized, top-down hierarchical society towards a decentralized, bottom-up, horizontal society. Transformative change is also a character of an emerging economy driven by disruptive technological innovation, such as big data and the 3D-printer. This creates a digital global economy that enables communities of people to self-organise new modes of production in a decentralized, bottom-up manner - a Great Transition. In such a tipping point period, game changers (or topplers) are of crucial importance. Game changers have a significant societal and economic impact.
Jan Rotmans is Professor of Transition Studies, and an international authority in the field of transitions and sustainability. He is the founder of ICIS, DRIFT, Urgenda and Nederland Kantelt (the Netherlands is Toppling). He has more than 300 publications in the field of climate change, global change modelling, sustainable development, transitions and system innovation, including 20 books. He is advisor to international organisations and governments in the fields of sustainability and transitions, including the United Nations, the OECD, the EU, the European Environmental Agency and countries such as England, Germany and Finland. He does not only do research in the field of transitions in society, but also tries to make an active contribution. Rotterdam is his living lab.