Joop de Kraker (PhD) is associate professor of environmental and sustainability sciences. He participated in a range of EU projects focussing on learning and sustainable development. His expertise is social and multi-actor learning (measurement, analysis and support) for sustainable development of urban and rural areas.
Mette Agger Eriksen (Phd – Senior researcher in Co-designing) Mette has a background as an architect specialized in industrial and communication design. Since 2001 she has been engaged in several large, international PD projects mainly in Denmark and Sweden. In 2012, she defended her PhD thesis "Material Matters in Co-designing” amongst others arguing for a broad understanding of ’materials’ in co-designing practices. Her postdoc studies (2012-14) were focusing on ways of collaboration in sustainable urban transition processes mainly internally in local governments - and particularly applying a participatory game-development research approach as a way to reveal insights. Currently as a senior researcher she continues parts of this work also with focus on different forms of emerging “labs” as parts of the complex local governance landscape.
Nicole Rijkens is one of the founders of Pantopicon and has specialised herself the past 15 years in envisioning and foresight processes and participatory approaches. Nicole is also a PhD researcher on the use of foresight studies in the public domain. Pantopicon is involved in the City lab 2050 initiative. Pantopicon co-designs and facilitates the City lab since January 2014. Nicole Rijkens is Pantopicons point of contact for the Stadslab2050 project.
René Kemp (PhD) is Professor of innovation and sustainable development at the ICIS and professorial fellow at UNU-MERIT. He is an expert of transformative change with domain expertise in the energy, mobility, waste and eco-industry sectors. With 9067 citations in Google Scholar and an h-index of 40 he is one of the most cited innovation researchers in Europe. He published in innovation journals, environmental economics journals, policy journals, transport journals, and sustainable development journals.
Ron Cörvers (PhD) is Director of ICIS, the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development, and associate professor in governance and sustainable development at Maastricht University. He is education director of the MSc Program Sustainability Science and Policy and managing director of MUNPOP, the Maastricht-Utrecht-Nijmegen Program on Partnerships.
Per-Anders Hillgren (Phd) – with fine arts and interaction design backgrounds) is Associate Professor researching in co-design and participatory innovation with a focus on new services, new media, and social innovation. Per-Anders was the initiator and project manager of “Malmö New Media Living Lab”. At present he is senior researcher at Malmö University and split his time between Forum for Social Innovation Sweden, School of Art and Communication and Living Lab the Neighbourhood.
Per-Arne Nilsson is Head of Division of Urban Development and Climate at the Environment Department, City of Malmö. Having worked at the City of Malmö for nearly three decades Per-Arne has been involved in Malmö's transformation from an industrial city to knowledge and innovation city. His extensive experience in urban development included coordinating Malmö’s efforts on Agenda 21, and in the development of the Bo01 area in the Western Harbour.
Thomas Drage is operational manager, assistant professor and research associate at the RCE Graz-Styria, University of Graz
Thomas Hoeflehner (PhD) is a post-doctoral research fellow at the RCE Graz-Styria and lecturer at the Department of Geography and Regional Science and the Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research at the University of Graz.