Jasper van Dijk

Organising knowledge and learning for the regional energy transition

Department of Technology, Innovation and Society (TIS), Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Technical University of Eindhoven, j.g.w.v.dijk@tue.nl

Supervisors: Anna Wieczorek (TU/e), Josette Gevers (TU/e), Martijn Groenleer (UvT)


Jasper holds a BSc in Natural Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen) and a MSc in Innovation Sciences (Technical University of Eindhoven). As part of his MSc thesis, he studied how interactions between governance bodies influence a region’s capacity to govern the energy transition. During his studies, Jasper participated in exchange programmes at the National University of Singapore and Uppsala University (Sweden) where he took minors in the field of public policy and sustainable development.


This project aims to study how public actors can learn about the process of intervening in ongoing, contested and indeterminate energy transitions. The project is divided in three sub-projects that partially run parallel. The first project comprises comparative case studies of two energy regions in the province of Noord-Brabant and is aimed at studying how public actors intervene in ongoing transitions and what factors and mechanisms influence shape collective intervention capacity. The second project concerns a longitudinal study and focuses on what public actors learn in the process of intervention and what factors underlie these learning processes. Finally, the third projects covers the question of how these learning processes can be actively facilitated to improve public actors’ intervention activities in the energy transition in Noord-Brabant. For this project, action research will be the main approach, whereby new learning interventions will be developed, tested and validated in close collaboration with actors in the field and the province of Noord-Brabant.


Van Dijk, J., Wieczorek, A. J., & Ligtvoet, A. (2022). Regional capacity to govern the energy transition: The case of two Dutch energy regions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 44, 92-109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2022.06.001