Transformation processes: How do we find common goals and successfully design adaptation?

Research questions

  • What role do urban areas play in achieving transformation goals?
  • What does socio-technical transformation mean in relation to urban areas?
  • How do urban innovation ecosystems influence the options for shaping urban transformation processes?
  • Which actors/stakeholders should be involved in developing and implementing future visions?
  • How can we successfully organize participation in transformation processes?
  • How can transnational network relationships support urban transformation processes?
  • What are the political options for shaping urban transformation processes?


High-Tech Strategy 2025 – Scientific support of missions and performance measurement in the context of accompanying the HighTech Forum

The project aims to support the implementation of the High-Tech Strategy (HTS) 2025, which directs German research and innovation policy more strongly towards addressing the Grand Challenges, the major societal challenges of our time. On the one hand, the project supports the implementation of the new mission-oriented policy of the High-Tech Strategy 2025, which is very complex due to its compre-hensiveness, through evidence-based scientific policy consultation and supports learning processes in the governance of these missions. On the other hand, it will develop an innovative concept to measure the effectiveness of this mission-oriented policy. The project is integrated in the activities supporting the High-Tech Forum (the high-level advisory body accompanying the HTS 2025).

Transition design for sustainable innovations – Initiatives in the municipal fields of action energy, water, construction & housing (TransNIK)

Innovative approaches towards sustainability can be observed in various areas, including traditional municipal fields of action, such as: energy supply, water supply & sewage disposal, as well as construction and housing. TransNIK aims to investigate drivers and obstacles for the development and dissemination of innovative sustainable approaches in these three fields of action and to identify key points for a transition to new solutions.

Communication and Participation for Societal Transformation towards the Bioeconomy (BioKompass)

The BioKompass research project supports the transformation of society towards a bioeconomy, i.e. an economic model based on ecosystem services. It does so through the participatory development of a deeper, comprehensive understanding of a future bio-based economy in the form of future visions of a bioeconomy. It also promotes the participatory development of educational content, the development and testing of innovative participation and communication formats for different target groups in a museum, and conducts an accompanying evaluation to support the transferability of the formats to other transformation processes.  

Integration of economic and solution-driven innovation policy rationalities

With a view to the presentation of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2020, Fraunhofer ISI supports the Bertelsmann Stiftung in the professional and scientific preparation of the award ceremony. The Reinhard Mohn Prize 2020 is entitled “Forstering Innovation. Unlocking Potential”.  


Method portfolio

  • Visioning
  • Environment analysis / horizon scanning and analyzing trends
  • Scenario development
  • Roadmapping
  • Face-to-face and/or online participation processes
  • Needs analyses
  • Participatory modeling
  • Vision assessment
  • Cognitive mapping (e.g. to analyze similar and dissimilar understandings of the quality of life)
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Situation analysis (following Clarke 2005)
  • Transformation-related policy analyses, design of policies, governance arrangements and regulation
  • Monitoring, accompanying research, formative evaluation, effectiveness measurement
  • Social-scientific research on systemic resilience