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Analysis of incumbent and emerging social and technological innovation systems

Our team leads the work package entitled “Analysis of incumbent and emerging social and technological innovation systems”, in which we focus on the protein transition. We understand ‘transition’ as long-term, multi-dimensional and fundamental transformation processes, which unfold through interactions within and between three analytical levels: a macro-level landscape, incumbent socio-technical regimes and emerging niches.  Our empirical focus is on the incumbent meat system (regime), the cultured meat niche and the plant-based meat alternatives niche. In this work package we analyse the implications of incumbent and emerging systems’ structures for inclusiveness and social cohesion. We then try to understand the innovation system dynamics and inter-system relations which shape the innovation and transformation processes and its outcomes.

For further Information, please contact Dr. Dagmara Weckowska or Prof. Dr. Carsten Dreher.


  • Emerging Niches
  • Food Systems
  • Inclusiveness
  • Incumbent Socio-technical Regimes
  • Makro-Level Landscape
  • Multi-dimensional Transformation Processes
  • Social Cohesion
  • Social Cohesion-Food-Health-Nexus
  • Social Innovation System
  • Technological Innovation System