PROF Lars Coenen

PROF Lars Coenen

Positions

Overview

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  • Lars Coenen joined MSSI in January 2017 as the inaugural ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’, an initiative between the City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne aimed at improving the city’s resilience to sustainability challenges.

    Working closely with the city’s chief resilience officer, Lars seeks to strengthen Melbourne’s role as a leader in knowledge based urban resilience, leverage opportunities to attract research funding and provide a new model for collaborative research.

    Lars is an interdisciplinary scholar cross-cutting the fields of innovation studies, economic geography and science and technology studies. His research interests converge around the geography of innovation:
    - Why is it that some regions and cities in the world stand out in their ability to foster and diffuse novelty? - What explains this spatial concentration of innovation in an era of globalization? - How can regions and cities improve their capacity to innovate?
    In particular he is interested in addressing this broad set of questions on innovations related to pressing societal challenges such as climate change.

    His work has been published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography. He is well-known for pioneering research on the geography of sustainability transitions. His paper ‘Environmental Innovation and Sustainability Transitions in Regional Studies’ has been awarded the 2013 best paper award in Regional Studies (co-authored with Bernhard Truffer). He has extensive experience in securing external funding and collaboration in national and international research projects financed by e.g. the JPU Urban Europe, European Framework 7 Program and Nordic Energy Research.

       

Publications

Selected publications

Research

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Additional Grant Information

  • Grants Awarded

    2015-2016 Policy for system transition: the case of Strategic Innovation Programs (SIP) in Sweden. Financed by VIN NOVA, the Swedish Innovation Agency. Main applicant and coordinator.
    2014-2016 Enabling the transit ion t o a bio-economy: innovation system dynamics and policy. Financed by the Swedish Energy Agency. Main applicant and coordinator.
    2014-2018 Sustain able path creation for innovative value chains for organic waste products. Financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Coordinator: Antje Klitkou, NIFU. Co-applicant and participating researcher.
    2014-2017 Green transition and co-evolution of industry and the energy system. Financed by the Swedish Energy Agency. Coordinator: Lars J. Nilsson, Lund University. Co-applicant and participating researcher.
    2014-2017 Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions. Financed by Urban Europe Joint Programming Initiative. Coordinator: Kes McCormick, Lund University. Co-applicant and participating researcher.
    2011-2014 Economic development paths in Norwegian regions: Constructing regional advantage in central and peripheral regions. Financed by Norwegian Research Council. Coordinator.
    2013-2016 Smart Specialization for Regional Innovation. Financed by EU Framework Program 7. Coordinator: Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University. Co-applicant and participating researcher.
    2013-2015 Role of demonstration pro jects in innovation: transition to sustainable energy and transport. Financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Coordinator: Antje Klitkou, NIFU. Co-applicant and work package coordinator.
    2011-2013 Competitive and innovative bio refineries in Sweden - from technical potential to practical implementation (KIBIOS). Financed by the Swedish Energy Agency. Coordinator: Pal Borjesson, Lund University. Co-applicant and work package coordinator.
    2011-2014 TOP-NEST: Technology Opportunities in Nordic Energy System Trans

       

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, Lund University 2007
  • MA, University of Oslo 2002
  • MSc, Eindhoven University of Technology 2000