Dr.ir. E.H.W.J. (Eefje) Cuppen

Profile

I am Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) of TU Delft. I hold an MSc degree in Innovation Sciences from Eindhoven University of Technology (2004) and a PhD in policy sciences from VU University (Institute for Environmental Studies; 2010). I was expert member of the EU 2020 Advisory Board of the Future and Emerging Technologies working programme 2016/2017.

Research

  • I am leading a research project on responsible innovation of controversial energy technologies funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO Responsible Innovation). Furthermore, I am leading a work package in a NWO project on governance of industrial symbiosis in China, in which we collaborate with Leiden University, Chongqing University and Tsinghua University. I am involved in the scientific coordination of the European Foundations Award for Responsible Research and Innovation. Recently, I was involved as co-applicant in a 4-year research project funded by the EDGAR programme on robust long-term sustainability strategies for the Dutch gas sector, and in a 1-year NWO pilot project on responsible innovation of shale gas.
  • My current research focuses on citizen involvement in technology governance. Thematically, I focus on technologies relevant to sustainability transitions. I am interested in the questions: How and why do citizens organize collectively either in response to technology (e.g. public opposition to infrastructural projects), or enabled by technology (e.g. local energy collectives, crowdsourcing)? And what does this mean for technology governance? We are currently witnessing the emergence of new modes of citizen involvement in the development and governance of technology and innovation. Citizens organise themselves to either have a voice in decision-making or to take up a new role in particular systems of production and consumption, e.g. as producer or investor. These new modes challenge existing institutions and create new political spaces in which the traditional mode of operation in those systems is challenged and reshaped. In other words, these new modes create institutional voids. In these institutional voids, there are no clear rules and norms for decision-making and actors’ roles and responsibilities. This raises governance questions, such as how actors can coordinate their behaviour to achieve legitimate, inclusive, representative or effective decision-making processes.

My teaching concentrates on the interaction between (sustainable) technology and society, and includes courses on the governance of technology, science-policy interaction, sustainable development and governance of closed loop supply chains.

  • Closed Loop Supply Chains (MSc Industrial Ecology)
  • The Political Use of Models for Sustainable Development (MSc Applied Mathematics)
  • Bestuur en Recht 1 (BSc Technische Bestuurskunde)
  • Engineering for Sustainable Development (TUD Sustainability Annotation)
  • Mixed method research for multi-actor systems (from 2016/2017; MSc System Engineering Policy Analysis and Management)
  • Industrial Ecology Interdisciplinary Project Group (MSc Industrial Ecology)
  • PhD Course Responsible Innovation (lecturer, organised by TU Delft, WUR and Twente University)
  • Ligtvoet, A., Cuppen, E., Di Ruggero, O., Hemmes, K., Pesch, U., Quist, J. Mehos, D. (2016). New future perspectives through constructive conflict: exploring the future of gas in the Netherlands. Futures, 78, 19-33. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2016.03.008.
  • Cuppen, E., Bosch-Rekveld, M., Pikaar, E. & Mehos, D. (2016). Stakeholder Engagement in Large-Scale Energy Infrastructure Projects: Revealing perspectives using Q methodology. International Journal of Project Management. Special issue on ‘Uncertainty, risk and opportunity, resilience and fragility’. doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.01.003.
  • Correljé, A. Cuppen, E., Dignum, M. Pesch, U. & Taebi, B. (2015). Responsible Innovation in Energy Projects: Values in the Design of Technologies, Institutions and Stakeholder Interactions. In: Van den Hoven, J., Koops, E.J., Swierstra, T., Romijn, H. & Oosterlaken, I. (Eds.) Responsible Innovation, Volume 2: Concepts, Approaches, and Applications. Springer.
  • Cuppen, E., Brunsting, S., Pesch, U. & Feenstra, Y. (2015). How stakeholder interactions can reduce space for moral considerations in decision-making: A contested CCS project in the Netherlands. Environment & Planning A, 1963-1978. doi:10.1177/0308518X15597408.
  • Cuppen, E. (2012). Diversity and constructive conflict in stakeholder dialogue: Considerations for design and methods. Policy Sciences, 45 (1), 23-46.
  • Ciupuliga, A., Cuppen, E. (2013). The role of dialogue in fostering acceptance of transmission lines: the case of a France-Spain interconnection project. Energy Policy, 60, 224-233.Cuppen, E. (2012). Diversity and constructive conflict in stakeholder dialogue: Considerations for design and methods. Policy Sciences, 45 (1), 23-46.
  • Cuppen, E. (2012). A quasi-experimental evaluation of learning in a stakeholder dialogue on bio-energy. Research Policy, 41 (3), 624-637.
  • Cuppen, E., Breukers, S., Hisschemöller, M., & Bergsma, E. (2010). Q Methodology to select participants for a stakeholder dialogue on energy options from biomass in the Netherlands. Ecological Economics, 69, 579-591.

More publications

  • a. NWO-MVI: Responsible innovation: Linking formal and informal assessment in decision-making on energy projects; (September 2015- 2019); Project leader.
  • b. NWO: Governance of smart Industrial parks in China; (July 2015- 2018); Work package leader.
  • c. Scientific coordination of European Foundations Award for Responsible Research and Innovation; (September 2015-2016).
  • d. NWO-MVI: ‘The acceptability of shale gas’ (January 2013-2014); Co-applicant.
  • e. EDGaR project ‘The next 50 years’ on sustainable strategies for the Dutch gas sector. Stakeholder dialogue on gas futures and research on societal support for energy technologies and projects (2010-2015).

Eefje Cuppen

Associate Professor


Department:
Multi-Actor Systems

Group:
Organisation & Governance

Research interests:
Sustainability transistions
Responsible innovation
Public engagement
Participatory governance
Crowd-based innovation


Additional information

Dr.ir. E.H.W.J. Cuppen

publications
Publications in Pure
subjects
2010 - Sustainable Innovation and Social Change
2010 - Mathematical modelling and society
2009 - Mathematical modelling and society
2011 - Mathematical modelling and society
2014 - Engineering for sustainable development
2012 - Biotechnology and Society
2012 - System Innovation and Strategic Niche Management
2012 - Ethics and Engineering
2012 - Ethics and Engineering
2013 - Mathematical modelling and society
2015 - Mathematical modelling and society
2015 - Engineering for sustainable development
2016 - Governance and Law 1
2012 - Mathematical modelling and society
2014 - Mathematical modelling and society
2016 - Engineering for sustainable development
2017 - Governance and Law 1
2017 - Industrial Ecology Capita Selecta Module 2-6 EC
2015 - Governance and Law 1
2017 - Closed loop supply chains
2017 - Mixed Research Methods for Multi-actor Systems
2015 - Closed loop supply chains
2017 - Thesis Research Project
2016 - Mathematical modelling and society
2016 - Engineering for sustainable development
2016 - Ethics of Technological Risks
2016 - Mathematical modelling and society
2016 - Mixed Research Methods for Multi-actor Systems
2018 - Closed loop supply chains
2015 - Organisation and Management- Decision Making
2016 - Closed loop supply chains
2018 - Industrial Ecology Capita Selecta Module 2-6 EC
2018 - Thesis Research Project
2018 - Mixed Research Methods for Multi-actor Systems
2018 - Closed loop supply chains
2019 - Closed loop supply chains
2019 - Closed loop supply chains
2019 - Industrial Ecology Capita Selecta Module 2-6 EC
2019 - Thesis Research Project
2019 - Mixed Research Methods for Multi-actor Systems