Erwin van Tuijl - International Institute of Social Studies
Erwin is interested in the geography of innovation, digitalisation, and urban development. He combines insights from the fields of economic geography, development studies, economics and management. He has wide experience in comparative urban research and has conducted case studies in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States of America. His current research focuses on the platform economy, digitalisation, (frugal) innovation, and sustainable development challenges. Prior to his post-doc Erwin worked as researcher and lecturer at the European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Business Metropole Ruhr (Essen, Germany), and HafenCity University Hamburg. At the initiative Erwin works on a project on digital inclusion of installers in energy transitions.
“Firms that install and maintain energy devices (e.g., heat pumps, gas boilers or smart meters) and infrastructures play a key role in energy transitions as they act as intermediary between technology providers and end-users. Nevertheless, such installers have received limited attention among academia as well as policy makers. We attempt to fill that gap by exploring how digitalisation and frugality affect installers’ practices through a comparative case study of installers in the post-industrial cities of Gothenburg, Rotterdam and Tampere. We also analyse urban policies and -assets, and aim to provide future scenarios and recommendations on how cities can support energy transitions and installers’ business.”