CPT-22806 Innovation and Transformation


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper0
Group work15
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. P Macnaghten
dr. ir. LWA Klerkx
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. P Macnaghten
dr. ir. LWA Klerkx
dr. AJK Pols
K Rijswijk
JHAM Brouwers
dr. ir. H Maat
Examiner(s)dr. ir. LWA Klerkx
prof. dr. P Macnaghten

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

CPT-12306 Introduction to Strategic Communication, or CPT-23804 Introduction to Communication and Innovation Studies.

Continuation courses:

- CPT-32806 Change, Inter-human Processes and Communication;
- CPT-37306 Politics of Knowledge and Inclusive Innovation;
- CPT-60306 Facilitating Interactive Processes.


Degradation of natural resources, vulnerability of agricultural systems, fragile governments, environmental pollution, public health issues, climate change and rural poverty are but some of the interconnected global challenges or ‘wicked problems’ for which new answers must be found. People and organizations that aim to find solutions to these multifaceted complex problems need to forge a coherent balance between novel social, technical and institutional components, that anticipates user requirements and contextual conditions. Finding such balance requires innovations in innovation theory and practice, in the art of making knowledge relevant. Facilitating such a balance also requires creative learning and negotiation amongst the different stakeholders, including natural and social scientists. Systemic thinking and transdisciplinary research approaches in particular can support these innovation processes, supporting broader transitions towards transformative change. This course will address conceptual, methodological and practical dimensions of systems and innovation thinking and their capacity to facilitate transformative change both in industrialised and developing countries.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- distinguish and critique theories of innovation and their application to transformation processes;
- analyse and assess the roles that knowledge, expertise and multi-stakeholder deliberation play in innovation processes for transformative change;
- reflect on dilemmas related to bringing modes of transdisciplinary research and innovation into practice.


- lectures on relevant innovation theory, case studies and tools for systemic analysis;
- group work on systemic analysis of  and interventions.


- individual assignments (50%);
- group assignments (50%).
For each component (individual and group assignments) at least a score of 5 is needed. The average needs to be at least 5.5.


A course outline can be obtained from the secretary of CPT. Course literature links will be available on Blackboard.

Verplicht voor: BINInternational Development StudiesBScC: Spec. C - Politics and Communication in Development5AF
MCHCommunication, Health and Life SciencesMScA: Spec. A - Communication and Innovation2AF
Keuze voor: WUECLBSc Minor Communication in Life Science Contexts5AF
WUDIRBSc Minor Disaster Risk and Resilience5AF