The "Modern Societies in Transition" programme has received the highest score of 4.88 in the 2011 research assessment exercise by the QANU. Download the full report here.
The "Modern Societies in Transition" programme studies long-term change, focusing on core (technology-related) transition processes in the shaping of modern society in the 19th and 20th centuries, and in particular on the role of technology in the making of Europe from ca. 1850-2000 (including the European Integration process; the Dutch innovation system; and the role of technology in sustainable development).
As an outward-looking History of Technology group, it is informed by, and contributes to major research questions and concepts of other fields, in particular other historical disciplines (e.g. modern and contemporary history; European history; business history; environmental history) and innovation sciences (e.g. the IS System Innovations and Sustainability Transitions programme). It also seeks to address the national historical research community, a national and local lay audience, and TU/e students.
In the coming years, the programme will increasingly explore and profile itself as a transnational history of technology, researching the rhythms of innovators (individuals, firms, institutions), innovations, and their uses within or across national boundaries (and investigating the nation state as a category organising innovation and its uses). It will strengthen and develop selected collaboration with local (IS), national and international research programs in the field of innovation sciences/ innovation policy.
The programme started in 2004. A close link exists to the ECIS programme "System Innovations and Sustainability Transitions". Both programmes originated from large national history of technology programmes on the Modernisation of Netherlands in the 19th and 20th century. Programme leaders are Prof.dr. J.W. (Johan) Schot and Prof.dr.ir. H.W. (Harry) Lintsen.