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Type Regular internship

Many studies have shown that the regional (sub-national) level is the optimal size for sustainable innovations. As a geographical scale the region is small enough to be concrete and of direct interest to residents and large enough to possess critical mass for collective action and creative solutions. In this internship the student will evaluate the feasibility of new sustainable value chains in a municipality in the Netherlands. The value chain propositions which use biomass as a starting material have been developed in previous studies and will need to be evaluated based on sustainability, economic and social aspects. The student will be closely cooperating with partners from industry, universities and local authorities in order to determine the best options for sustainable development in this region. This project is part of the Social Innovation Lab approach of ISPT to investigate a regional energy transition in cooperation with both industry and society in general. The innovations generated by social labs flow from at least four sets of outputs: physical capital (new services or infrastructure), human capital (new capacities and skills), social capital (increased trust and collaboration), and intellectual capital (new knowledge and learning). These forms of capital, if produced in sufficient amounts, can change complex social systems.


We look for a candidate that is motivated by:
· combining technical insights with new value chains
· new biobased economy opportunities.
· the social aspects of innovation.
· working in a project team with multiple scientific and industry partners .

Preference for bachelor or master student Master students
Study MSc Energy Science, MSc Innovation Sciences, MSc Sustainable Business and Innovation, MSc Sustainable Development, MSc Water Science and Management
Field Innovation, Environmental and Energy Sciences
Starts To be determined
Length Start any moment in q4 2016 or q1 2017, 3-6 months
Location Amersfoort
Language Dutch or English
Compensation To be determined
Application procedure

Contact person, please send your CV and a motivation letter

Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT)

Groen van Prinstererlaan 37
3818 JN Amersfoort

Frans van den Akker

Contact Faculty of Geosciences
Martin Junginger (ES)