dr. (S.O.) Simona Negro

Dr. Simona O. Negro is Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. She received her PhD in 2007 on the ‘Dynamics of Technological Innovation Systems – The case of Biomass Energy’ at the Innovation Studies group.

Simona Negro Career

Her research interests lie in understanding the underlying processes that trigger or hamper the success or failure of sustainable innovations, such as renewable energy technologies, biomaterials, alternative transport fuels, energy efficiency etc. Her theoretical contribution is to identify activities and strategies performed by actors, such as entrepreneurs, incumbent players or policy makers, that contribute to the dynamics of innovation systems.


  • 2002 – 2006 Utrecht University, PhD. in Innovation Studies
  • 2001 – 2002 Free University of Amsterdam, Master’s degree in Environmental Management
  • 1996 – 2001 Bath Spa University, Masters degree in Chemistry

Work Experience

  • 2012- Utrecht University, Programme Leader Master ‘Sustainable Business and Innovation’
  • 2008-Utrecht University, Assistant Professor
  • 2006 – 2008 Utrecht University, Post-Doc

Research Group :

Smart Grids

Specialisatie :

Smart Grids: Socio-technical Systems

Universiteit Utrecht

 Willem C. van Unnikgebouw, Heidelberglaan 2
       3584 CS Utrecht