Mr Jonas Colen Ladeia Torrens

Post:Associate Faculty (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
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I joined the Science Policy Research Unit in September 2014, as a doctoral researcher. I am primarily interested in the governance of urban low-carbon transitions. My doctoral project examines the processes that led Bristol and Medellín to emerge as favourable contexts for experimentation with sustainability. My objective is to help develop approaches for assessing and improving urban transformative capacity.

Since June 2016, I work as research assistant to Johan Schot and the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium. In this position, I have coordinated the 1st Eu-SPRI Winter School on Innovation Policy For Transformative Change, and carried out a scoping exercise on policy experimentation. These experiences have sparked my interest in working with policy makers and civil society for co-creating new forms of policy engagement for addressing the challenges of sustainability.

Before joining SPRU, I worked at the Stockholm Resilience Centre as a research assistant. I worked mainly in support of the Planetary Boundaries Research Initiative. My previous experience also includes R&D renewable energy (biogas and biofuels), and in the management of large research projects.

I praise multicultural experiences and foreign languages. I grew up in Brazil and have since studied and worked in Sweden, France and Spain and now the United Kingdom.


Doctoral Researcher at SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Research Assistant for the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium

Teaching Assistant

Member of the Sussex Energy Group


Current      PhD in Science and Technology Policy, SPRU, University of Sussex

2011-2013 MSc European Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy (ME3)

2004-2009 BSc Double Degree in Mechanical Engineering, UFPR and INSA Lyon


I am one of the founders and conveners of the PhDs in Transitions Network, which brings together doctoral and early career researchers interested in sustainability transitions and transformations. I support the activities of Pluralist Economics at Sussex (PEAS) which host a series of seminars at the university around heterodox economic perspectives, and Sussex Unversity Ethical Investment Campaign, a campaign for the divestment from fossil fuels.