Meet our PhD candidates: Rick Bosman | Transition Studies (DRIFT)


In a new edition of 'Meet our PhD candidates', Rick Bosman of the Erasmus University Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) tells about his research into how different parties shape the transition from a fossil-based to a sustainable energy system.

He was originally trained to build wind-turbine and solar parks. During his internship, however, Rick Bosman discovered that he found it much more interesting to see how different parties shape the transition from a fossil-based to a sustainable energy system.

The transition theory applied by the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) offered him the means to pursue this. He became a consultant at the institute, advising the Finnish government, for example, and is now combining this with PhD research into destabilisation.

“I am regularly asked whether I am an academic, an advisor or an activist. I don’t think any of them excludes the others.”