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Research Area Sustainability

Rick Hölsgens – Scientist Photo of Rick Hölsgens

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Career & Key Activities

Academic Career:

  • Since 2019: Member Editorial Board NOvation: Critical Studies of Innovation
  • Since February 2016: Scientist at Social Research Centre – Central Scientific Institute of TU Dortmund, research area sustainability
  • 2012 – 2016: PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen (NL), in the field of economic history (dissertation title: Energy Transitions in the Netherlands: Sustainability Challenges in a Historical and Comparative Perspective)
  • October, November 2014: Guest researcher at Lund University (SE), Department of Economic History
  • November 2011 – January 2012: Scientist at University of Twente (NL), Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies
  • 2011: MSc Science and Technology Studies (Maastricht University, NL)
  • September 2010 – December 2010: Research internship at DSM, Corporate Operations & Responsible Care (Heerlen, NL)
  • 2009: MA Science and Technology Studies (Maastricht University, NL)
  • February 2009 – August 2009: Exchange student at Aalborg University (DK), specialisation “Innovation systems, social and ecological change”
  • 2008: BSc Industrial Design (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL)


Fields of Work:

  • Sustainable Innovation
  • Social Innovation
  • Transition studies
  • Climate adaptation
  • Economic history