Connect to transform: Enabling transitions via quadruple helix co-creation

Project: Research

Project participants

  • Upham, Paul (Project manager, academic)
  • Bögel, Paula Maria (Project manager, academic)
  • Kordas, Olga (Project manager, academic)
  • Boman, Magnus (Project manager, academic)


The project addresses a key gap in the governance of transitions to more sustainable cities, namely the need for effective, socially inclusive arenas in which multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partners can learn from each other and develop joint solutions. This includes the need to go beyond triple helix of government, industry and academia and acknowledge the key role that civil society actors have, by introducing a quadruple helix structure.
Both in practice and in the academic literature, rather little is known about how to develop, implement and evaluate quadruple helix partnerships in a way that results in long-term changes on all level: individual learnings, organisational change and overall sustainable system development.
To this end, we use the unique opportunity of the long-term strategic innovation program Viable Cities to study the role of transition initiatives as catalyst for quadruple helix collaborations, using the case of electrified transportation.

The project’s objectives:
1. Understand the governance challenges related to quadruple helix interaction processes, using mobility electrification as a case study.
2. Implement innovative participatory methods that support the dynamic capabilities of quadruple helix stakeholders.
3. Evaluate the extent to which these participatory processes and methods help to address individual-, organizational- and system-changes.
4. Derive and communicate implications for related initiatives to catalyse quadruple helix partnerships.

Research outputs