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Dr. Amber Geurts

Dr. Amber Geurts is a researcher and has been working at Rathenau Instituut since April 2021.


Amber focuses on the social impact of innovation, technology and knowledge ecosystems. She works on questions concerning mission-oriented innovation policy in the Netherlands and Europe.

Education and career

After studying sociology and arts & culture studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Amber obtained her PhD in 2017 at the Business school of the University of Groningen on the subject ‘firm responses to disruptive innovation: evidence from the music industry’. Her thesis has won the 2018 ISPIM best dissertation award. As a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University in Finland, she conducted further research into disruptive innovation, exploring AI in materials science. To do so, she conducted research in Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and the United States. Amber has published her research in several journals including Advanced Science, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Technological Forecasting & Social Change and Technology Analysis & Strategic Management.

Since 2019, Amber has been working at TNO, unit strategy and policy, where she was involved as a researcher and consultant in various projects focusing on mission-oriented innovation policy, key enabling technologies, smart industry, AI-supported innovation foresight and evidence-based policy making.