Derk Loorbach is a senior researcher and consultant at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (Drift) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he received his PhD in June 2007. Drift is a pioneering interdisciplinary institute that combines cutting edge research with close cooperation with policy and business to further sustainable development in practice. Central theme in Derks research is the development of the transition management approach as a new governance-model based on complex systems’ thinking, governance theories and sociology. It aims to facilitate and direct processes of societal change in the direction of sustainability through transition arenas and experiments. Derk is currently involved in various transition arenas, innovation programs and envisioning practices in areas or urban development, energy, health-care and housing. His research is seen as example of ‘sustainability science’, combining fundamental with action research to contribute to sustainable development in practice.
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