Marc Dijk (M.M.)

Marc Dijk (PhD) is a research fellow and research coordinator at the Maastricht Sustainability Institute at ICIS. His main research interests are sustainable innovation and policy, sustainability assessment and societal transformations towards sustainability. He is also Honorable Research Associate at Oxford University (School of Geography and the Environment, Transport Studies Unit).


Marc is currently working on action-research projects in Living Labs focused on learning, upscaling, and social exclusion (SummaLab, EmbedterLabs), and a project on circular business model innovation (Circular-X). Previously, he was principal investigator and project coordinator of SmarterLabs, an action- research project focussed on upscaling and social exclusion in Smart City Living Labs.


He has published various articles and book chapters on innovation in electric mobility, Park+Ride, urban mobility, solar energy and resource efficiency. Together with colleagues, he develops and teaches an integrative approach to sustainability assessment. It combines the understanding of stakeholders (perspectives, practices, etc.) with systems analysis of the issue (Qualitative Systems Analysis, Life Cycle Analysis, etc.). More than most innovation approaches, it explicitly combines various types of knowledge within one study, and typically takes a mixed-method approach.


Marc was educated in aerospace engineering at Delft University of Technology for which he wrote his master thesis at the product development department of Jaguar Cars in Coventry, England, where he compared the product development organizations of Jaguar and Volvo Cars (Sweden). After a summer program at the University of California (Berkeley) he completed a master program on Science and Technology Studies at Maastricht University.