Transformative Innovation

Transformative Innovation is an approach to innovation that argues that radical transformations towards achieving a sustainable society are required to address some of the most chronic and persistent problems facing contemporary societies including climate change, inequality, poverty, loss of bio-diversity, health crises and pressures of urban living. Transformative Innovation argues that new development paths are required to achieve better balances between sustainable production and consumption and human well-being.

Much of my research in Transformative Innovation has been in relation to Latin America and has taken place through the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) – – that was set up at SPRU in 2016. TIPC represents a group of science, technology and innovation researchers, policymakers and funding agencies working together to give substance to a new framing for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy – that addresses global societal challenges, as encapsulated in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  TIPC is a five-year programme focused on policy experimentation, evaluation, capacity building and research agenda development.

Video on the role of Transformative Innovation Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals:

Explaining Transformative Innovation in Spanish:


The Green Book or Libro Verde, was published as a policy document by Colciencias in 2018 as an official policy document for how Colombia con meet the sustainable development goals using a transformative innovation policy appraoach. The policy emerged from a collaboration between SPRU headed by Matias Ramirez and Johan Schot and Colciencas.