René Kemp is professor of innovation and sustainable development at ICIS, Maastricht University (NL) and professorial fellow of UNU-MERIT. He is an innovation researcher with a background in econometrics and environmental economics with a life-long interest in policy, history, society, theory and research methodology. As a multidisciplinary researcher, he has published in innovation journals, ecological economics journals, policy journals, transport and energy journals, and sustainable development journals. He is advisory editor of Research Policy, editor of Sustainability Science and editor of Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. The last 5 years, his research agenda shifted to the circular economy, transformative social innovation, value creation and governance in urban labs and immaterial needs satisfaction.