Suyash Jolly

Researcher, Ph.D, Dr. , Ph.D., MSc., B Tech.

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences


  • Science and Technology Studies, Sustainability Science, Sustainable business models, Innovation Studies, Innovation systems, Energy and environmental systems analysis, energy and climate policy, India, institutional theory, Economic Geography, Entrepreneurial ecosystem, Social entrepreneurship, Regional Development, Regional Innovation Policy


Personal background: Suyash Jolly obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He also obtained his MSc. in Innovation Sciences from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology and bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology University, Vellore, India. He recently worked as a Postdoctoral researcher in Division of History of Science, Technology, and Environment, KTH Royal University of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently working as a Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Human Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University, Lund on a project focusing on green growth in Nordic regions. 


Research profile:  I am interested in understanding distributed and collective action between multiple actors with different interests and motivations for steering pathways towards sustainability. My research interests are quite broad as I like to research on different themes such as green growth, institutional entrepreneurship, technology management, social and sustainable entrepreneurship, innovation policy, frugal innovation, business models and sustainability transitions. Over the years, my research interests have evolved from studying innovative business models in the field of off-grid solar PV energy by social entrepreneurs in India to studying collective action between multiple actors (e.g. regulators, firms, government bodies, intermediary organizations, industry associations, civil society and users) for shaping development of wind and solar PV energy in India. I am now diversifying my research interests and exploring green growth in Nordic regions and explore differences between sustainability challenges in emerging and developed nations.


Academic skills and research expertise: Sustainability transitions, institutional theory, collective institutional entrepreneurship, social and sustainable entrepreneurship, frugal innovation in emerging economies, business models for sustainability transitions and poverty alleviation, innovation policy, science and technology studies (STS), green growth, economic geography and geography of sustainability transitions


Selected publications 

Doctoral dissertation
Jolly, S. 2016. Collective institutional entrepreneurship for fostering sustainable energy transitions in India. Doctoral degree, Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences. Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. ISBN: 978-90-386-4023-5 
Journal publications
1. Raven, R., Ghosh, B., Wieczorek, A.J., Stirling, A.C., Ghosh, D., Jolly, S., Krajangthimaporn, E., Prabudhanitisarn, S., Roy, J., Sengers, F., 2017. Unpacking sustainabilities in diverse transition contexts: Solar photovoltaic and urban mobility experiments in India and Thailand. Sustainability Science, 12 (4), 579- 596
2. Jolly, S., 2017. Role of institutional entrepreneurship in the creation of regional solar PV energy markets: Contrasting developments in Gujarat and West Bengal. Energy for Sustainable Development, 38, 77-92
3. Jolly, S., Spodniak, P., Raven, R.P.J.M., 2016. Institutional entrepreneurship in transforming energy systems towards sustainability: Wind energy development in Finland and India. Energy Research and Social Science, 17, 102-118.
4. Jolly, S., Raven, R.P.J.M., 2016. Field configuring events in sustainability transitions: The case of solar energy in India. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 103, 324-333
5. Jolly, S., Raven, R.P.J.M., 2015. Collective institutional entrepreneurship and contestations in wind energy in India. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 42, 999-1011.
6. Jolly, S., Raven, R.P.J.M., Romijn, H.A., 2012. Upscaling of business model experiments in off-grid PV solar energy in India. Sustainability Science, 7(2), 199-212.