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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