Research centre

TRANSIT: Transformative Social Innovation Theory


IHS is part of the international TRANSIT research project. TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) is an ambitious research project that will develop a theory of transformative social innovation which is about empowerment and change in society. It is co-funded by the European Commission and runs until December 2017.

TRANSIT utilises a research method which encourages feedback from social entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers and academics to develop a theory with practical relevance.

The theory will be based on insights from other theories, such as transition theory, social movement theory and institutional theory. The research project studies how social innovation can bring about empowerment and societal transformation.


Significant research inputs in IHS' PhD programme are provided by the Erasmus University partners and international partners, for instance the Department of Housing Development and Management of Lund University (Sweden) and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (USA).

In addition, IHS has strategic alliances, partnerships and framework agreements with international organisations such as the World Bank, UN-Habitat the European Union and Cordaid. These partnerships support the institute’s mission of imparting joint training, research and technical advisory works, on a global scale.