Johan Schot is the project leader of the Deep Transitions research project and academic director of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC). He is Professor of Global History and Sustainability Transitions at the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges, Utrecht University and former Director of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School.

Together with Laur Kanger, Schot has published two of the key articles feeding into the Deep Transitions research, namely Deep Transitions: Emergence, Acceleration, Stabilization and Directionality (Schot & Kanger, 2018) and Deep Transitions: Theorizing the Long-Term Patterns of Socio-Technical Change (Schot & Kanger, 2019). In 2019, the five-year programme (2017-2022) received a philanthropic donation of £1,5million by Baillie Gifford.

At the Centre for Global Challenges, Schot is in the process of developing a Global Expert Panel on the 4th industrial revolution and Deep Transitions. The panel aims at shaping the public debate and steering future innovation towards a more sustainable trajectory. The panel will comprise of a group of key people who have expert knowledge of particular socio-technical systems needed to develop rigorous scenarios that will test the Deep Transitions model further.

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The Effect Of Shocks On Sustainability Transitions

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Blog - November 15, 2021

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Blog - April 6, 2020

Conversaciones sobre COVID-19: consecuencias para la segunda transición profunda y la revolución de la sostenibilidad

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Consequences of COVID-19
Blog - March 25, 2020

Conversations on COVID-19: Consequences for the Second Deep Transition and the Sustainability Revolution 

The COVID-19 public health emergency facing the world is the worst in living memory. It is changing everyday life in an immediate and stark fashion not seen, arguably, since the Second World War. The, perhaps unhelpful, metaphor of ‘war’ is being used to evoke our attempts at mastering the attacking virus. In the worst-hit country,…

Episode 2: Investing in the Era of Deep Transitions: Professor Johan Schot in Conversation with James Anderson

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Episode 2: Investing in the Era of Deep Transitions: Professor Johan Schot in Conversation with James Anderson
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Deep transitions: Theorizing the long-term patterns of sociotechnical change

Journal Article | Founding Deep Transitions Paper The contemporary world is confronted by a double challenge: environmental degradation and social inequality. This challenge is linked to the dynamics of the First Deep Transition (Schot, 2016): the creation and expansion of a wide range of socio-technical systems in a similar direction over the past 200–250 years. Extending the…

Deep Transitions: Emergence, acceleration, stabilization and directionality

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