Lars Martel Antoine Coenen

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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus 10. etg. 0851 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1108 Blindern 0317 Oslo


Lars Coenen is a Professor in Innovation and Sustainability Transitions at the Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development. He joins the TIK Centre as a Professor II.

For over 20 years he has done research on the geography of innovation, guided by broad questions such as: Why is it that some regions and cities in the world stand out in their ability to foster and diffuse novelty? What explains this spatial concentration of innovation in an era of globalization? How can regions and cities improve their capacity to innovate? In particular, he is interested in addressing this broad set of questions on innovations related to pressing societal challenges such as climate change.

Professor Coenen is well-known internationally for his theoretical and empirical work on regional and urban innovation and, in particular, his pioneering research on the geography of environmental innovation and sustainability transitions. He has authored over 65 scientific papers published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography. His work has had considerable scientific impact with over 12.000 citations in Scholar Google. Most of his research has been supported through competitive grants, financed e.g. by JPI Urban Europe, the European Framework 7 Program, the Swedish Energy Agency and Nordic Energy Research. Previously, Lars was a full professor at CIRCLE, the Centre for InnovationResearch at Lund University, where he was heading up a research group dealing with innovation and sustainability transitions. During his time at CIRCLE in Sweden, Professor Coenen has been a frequent scientific advisor for the Swedish Innovation Agency, VINNOVA. From 2017-2020 he has been the inaugural ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’, at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute of the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Tags: Innovation, Innovation systems, Sustainability Transitions, Economic geography


You can find an overview of Lars' publications at Google Scholar and Orchid.

  • Roebke, Lukas; Grillitsch, Markus & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2022). Assessing change agency in urban experiments for sustainability transitions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. ISSN 2210-4224. 45, p. 214–227. doi: 10.1016/j.eist.2022.10.007.
  • Davidson, Kathryn; Håkansson, Irene; Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine & Nguyen, Thi Minh Phuong (2022). Municipal experimentation in times of crises: (Re-)defining Melbourne's innovation district. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. ISSN 0264-2751. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2022.104042.
  • Haarstad, Håvard; Sareen, Siddharth; Kandt, Jens; Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine & Cook, Matthew (2022). Beyond automobility? Lock-in of past failures in low-carbon urban mobility innovations. Energy Policy. ISSN 0301-4215. 166. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2022.113002. Full text in Research Archive
  • Cinar, Ridvan & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2022). Universities’ contribution to culture and creativity-led regional development: Conflicting institutional demands and hybrid organizational responses. Industry & higher education. ISSN 0950-4222. doi: 10.1177/09504222221119736.
  • Coffay, Matthew Mark; Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine & Tveterås, Ragnar (2022). Effectuated sustainability: Responsible Innovation Labs for impact forecasting and assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production. ISSN 0959-6526. 376:134324, p. 1–10. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134324. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hadfield, Paris & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2022). Contemporary financial capitalism and sustainability transitions in urban built environments. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. ISSN 2210-4224. 42, p. 285–300. doi: 10.1016/j.eist.2022.01.004.
  • Veldhuizen, Caroline & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2022). Smart Specialization in Australia: Between Policy Mobility and Regional Experimentalism? Economic Geography. ISSN 0013-0095. doi: 10.1080/00130095.2022.2032637.
  • Namugenyi, Irene; Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine & Scholderer, Joachim (2021). Realising the transition to bioenergy: Integrating entrepreneurial business models into the biogas socio-technical system in Uganda. Journal of Cleaner Production. ISSN 0959-6526. 333. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.130135. Full text in Research Archive
  • Newey, Lance R. & Coenen, Lars (2021). Lock-in, paradox and regional renewal. Regional studies. ISSN 0034-3404. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2021.1976745.
  • Skjølsvold, Tomas Moe & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2021). Are rapid and inclusive energy and climate transitions oxymorons? Towards principles of responsible acceleration. Energy Research & Social Science. ISSN 2214-6296. 79. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2021.102164. Full text in Research Archive
  • Katrina, Raynor & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2021). Business model innovation and scalability in hybrid affordable housing organisations: empirical insights and conceptual reflections from Melbourne, Australia. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. ISSN 1566-4910. doi: 10.1007/s10901-021-09836-x.
  • Fløysand, Arnt; Lindfors, Emil Tomson; Jakobsen, Stig Erik & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2020). Place-Based Directionality of Innovation: Tasmanian Salmon Farming and Responsible Innovation. Sustainability. ISSN 2071-1050. 13. doi: 10.3390/su13010062. Full text in Research Archive
  • Nguyen, Minh; Davidson, Kathryn & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2020). Understanding how city networks are leveraging climate action: experimentation through C40. Urban Transformations. ISSN 2524-8162. doi: 10.1186/s42854-020-00017-7. Full text in Research Archive
  • Fastenrath, Sebastian; Busch, Judy & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2020). Scaling-up nature-based solutions. Lessons from the Living Melbourne strategy. Geoforum. ISSN 0016-7185. 116, p. 63–72. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.07.011.
  • Fastenrath, Sebastian & Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine (2020). Future-proof cities through governance experiments? Insights from the Resilient Melbourne Strategy (RMS). Regional studies. ISSN 0034-3404. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2020.1744551.
  • Binz, Christian; Coenen, Lars Martel Antoine; Murphy, James & Truffer, Bernhard (2020). Geographies of transition—From topical concerns to theoretical engagement: A comment on the transitions research agenda. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. ISSN 2210-4224. 34, p. 1–3. doi: 10.1016/j.eist.2019.11.002. Full text in Research Archive
  • Coenen, Lars; Davidson, Kathryn; Frantzeskaki, Niki; Grenfell, Maree; Håkansson, Irene & Hartigan, Martin (2020). Metropolitan governance in action? Learning from metropolitan Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy. Australian Planner. ISSN 0729-3682. doi: 10.1080/07293682.2020.1740286.
  • Coenen, Lars (2019). Regional Innovation. In Orum, Anthony (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. John Wiley & Sons. ISSN 9781118568453. doi: https%3A/
  • Coenen, Lars & Morgan, Kevin (2019). Evolving geographies of innovation: existing paradigms, critiques and possible alternatives. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0029-1951. doi: 10.1080/00291951.2019.1692065.
  • Davidson, Kathryn; Coenen, Lars; Acuto, Michele & Gleeson, Brendan (2019). Reconfiguring urban governance in an age of rising city networks: A research agenda . Urban Studies. ISSN 0042-0980. 56(16), p. 3540–3555. doi: 10.1177/0042098018816010.
  • von Wirth, Timo; Fuenfschilling, Lea; Frantzeskaki, Niki & Coenen, Lars (2019). Impacts of urban living labs on sustainability transitions: mechanisms and strategies for systemic change through experimentation. European Planning Studies. ISSN 0965-4313. 27(2), p. 229–257. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2018.1504895.
  • Fuenfschilling, Lea; Frantzeskaki, Niki & Coenen, Lars (2019). Urban experimentation & sustainability transitions. European Planning Studies. ISSN 0965-4313. 27(2), p. 219–228. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2018.1532977.
  • Davidson, Kathryn; Coenen, Lars & Gleeson, Brendan (2019). A Decade of C40: Research Insights andAgendas for City Networks. Global Policy. ISSN 1758-5880. 10(4), p. 697–708. doi: 10.1111/1758-5899.12740.
  • Coenen, Lars; Davidson, Kathryn & Gleeson, Brendan (2019). Situating C40 in the Evolution of Networked Urban Climate Governance. Global Policy. ISSN 1758-5880. 10(4), p. 723–725. doi: 10.1111/1758-5899.12759.
  • Grillitsch, Markus; Hansen, Teis; Coenen, Lars; Miörner, Johan & Moodysson, Jerker (2018). Innovation policy for system-wide transformation: The case of strategic innovation programmes (SIPs) in Sweden. Research Policy. ISSN 0048-7333. 48(4), p. 1048–1061. doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2018.10.004.
  • Bugge, Markus; Coenen, Lars & Branstad, Are (2018). Governing socio-technical change: Orchestrating demand for assisted living in ageing societies. Science and Public Policy. ISSN 0302-3427. 45(4), p. 468–479. doi: 10.1093/scipol/scy010. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bugge, Markus; Coenen, Lars; Marques, Pedro & Morgan, Kevin (2017). Governing system innovation: assisted living experiments in the UK and Norway. European Planning Studies. ISSN 0965-4313. 25(12), p. 2138–2156. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2017.1349078.
  • Bauer, Fredric; Coenen, Lars; Hansen, Teis; McCormick, Kes & Palgan, Yuliya Voytenko (2017). Technological innovation systems for biorefineries: a review of the literature. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. ISSN 1932-104X. 11(3), p. 534–548. doi: 10.1002/bbb.1767. Full text in Research Archive
  • Fevolden, Arne Martin; Coenen, Lars; Hansen, Teis & Klitkou, Antje (2017). The role of trials and demonstration projects in the development of a sustainable bioeconomy. Sustainability. ISSN 2071-1050. 9:419, p. 1–15. doi: 10.3390/su9030419. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hansen, Teis & Coenen, Lars (2017). Unpacking resource mobilisation by incumbents for biorefineries: the role of micro-level factors for technological innovation system weaknesses. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management. ISSN 0953-7325. 29(5), p. 500–513. doi: 10.1080/09537325.2016.1249838.
  • Binz, Christian; Truffer, Bernhard & Coenen, Lars (2016). Path creation as a process of resource alignment and anchoring: Industry formation for on-site water recycling in Beijing. Economic Geography. ISSN 0013-0095. 92(2), p. 172–200. doi: 10.1080/00130095.2015.1103177.
  • Coenen, Lars; Asheim, Bjørn Terje; Bugge, Markus & Herstad, Sverre Johan (2016). Advancing regional innovation systems: What does evolutionary economic geography bring to the policy table? Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy. ISSN 0263-774X. doi: 10.1177/0263774X16646583. Full text in Research Archive
  • Avdeitchikova, Sofia & Coenen, Lars (2015). Commercializing Clean Technology Innovations – The Emergence of New Business in an Agency-Structure Perspective. In Kyrö, Paula (Eds.), Handbook of Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development Research. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISSN 9781849808231. p. 321–341. doi: 10.4337/9781849808248.00024.
  • Asheim, Bjørn Terje; Coenen, Lars & Moodysson, Jerker (2015). Methods and applications of regional innovation systems analysis. In Karlsson, Charlie; Andersson, Martin & Norman, Therese (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Economic Geography: Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series . Edward Elgar Publishing. ISSN 9780857932662. p. 272–290. doi: 10.4337/9780857932679.00020.
  • Coenen, Lars; Hansen, Teis & Rekers, Josephine V. (2015). Innovation Policy for Grand Challenges. An Economic Geography Perspective. Geography Compass. ISSN 1749-8198. 9(9), p. 483–496. doi: 10.1111/gec3.12231.
  • Coenen, Lars; Moodysson, Jerker & Martin, Hanna (2015). Path Renewal in Old Industrial Regions: Possibilities and Limitations for Regional Innovation Policy. Regional studies. ISSN 0034-3404. 49(5), p. 850–865. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2014.979321.
  • Wieczorek, Anna J.; Hekkert, Marko P.; Coenen, Lars & Harmsen, Robert (2015). Broadening the national focus in technological innovation system analysis: The case of offshore wind. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. ISSN 2210-4224. 14, p. 128–148. doi: 10.1016/j.eist.2014.09.001.
  • McCormick, Kes; Anderberg, Stefan; Coenen, Lars & Neij, Lena (2013). Advancing sustainable urban transformation. Journal of Cleaner Production. ISSN 0959-6526. 50, p. 1–11. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.01.003.
  • Klitkou, Antje & Coenen, Lars (2013). The Emergence of the Norwegian Solar Photovoltaic Industry in a Regional Perspective. European Planning Studies. ISSN 0965-4313. 21(11), p. 1796–1819. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2012.753691.
  • Coenen, Lars; Benneworth, Paul & Truffer, Bernhard (2012). Toward a spatial perspective on sustainability transitions. Research Policy. ISSN 0048-7333. 41(6), p. 968–979. doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2012.02.014.
  • Farla, Jacco; Markard, Jochen; Raven, Rob & Coenen, Lars (2012). Sustainability transitions in the making: A closer look at actors, strategies and resources. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. ISSN 0040-1625. 79(6), p. 991–998. doi: 10.1016/j.techfore.2012.02.001.
  • Truffer, Bernhard & Coenen, Lars (2012). Environmental Innovation and Sustainability Transitions in Regional Studies. Regional studies. ISSN 0034-3404. 46(1), p. 1–21. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2012.646164.

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