Dune Works

Dune Works (2010) is a research and advice SME with a long-standing experience and expertise in sociotechnical sustainability transitions in the areas of energy and the built environment. We perform (action)research, translate knowledge into actionable advice, into strategies or strategic advice (e.g. behavioural change; policy making; business modelling). We develop intervention approaches to improve user and citizen engagement and to encourage behavioural change; develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks to support efforts towards a more sustainable and just energy future and support participatory, dialogue and co-creation multi-stakeholder processes.  We combine a diverse range of social-disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. innovation/transition studies; urban planning; geography; anthropology; policy studies) and methods (e.g. from anthropology, design thinking and policy analysis). DuneWorks often works in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary settings.

Company Details


Ruysdaelhof 7c
5642 JM Eindhoven


Dr. Sylvia Breukers (F)

Partner and senior researcher/advisor

Sylvia focuses in her work on sociotechnical change and environmental justice, addressing for instance the ways in which political-institutional contexts enable inclusive transition processes; user engagement in/and the  design and implementation of new ‘smart’ technologies and systems; behavioural change in relation to participatory processes; sustainable lifestyles and practices; stakeholder dialogue processes. She has a broad experience in several projects (EU as well as national) addressing the role of end-users in energy efficiency and saving, energy DSM,  DR and in innovative community energy initiatives.

Sylvia has a Master’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations and her PhD research addressed the institutional conditions for participatory onshore wind power deployment. As a post-doc at Utrecht University she conducted research on the use of stakeholder dialogue methodology in highly controversial debates. Sylvia worked several years at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) before starting at DuneWorks

Dr. Ruth Mourik (F)

Founder and partner

Ruth Mourik specializes in projects with a focus on stakeholder and user participation, innovation management, user practices, risk perception, societal acceptance of new technologies, but also individual and collective behaviour and behavioral change, sustainable lifestyles, sustainable system transitions. She has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Sociology, a Cum Laude Master’s Degree in Society and Technology Studies (STS), and holds a PhD in systemic technological and social transitions and the role and impact of uncertainty and participatory processes in the division of risk, responsibility and accountability in such change processes. She has been an Assistant Professor of “Strategic Niche Management” at Eindhoven Technical University and a senior researcher and theme leader at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). 

Yvette Jeuken (F)

MSc, Senior researcher and advisor

Yvette has over 15 years of experience in the field of (democratic) participation and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Currently she is working on topic ranging from the energy and heat transition, climate adaptation to risk management with a strong focus on participatory processes and social inclusion. Yvette has a master’s degree in Political Science (Political Theory) and Gender Studies. After her graduation she worked as a researcher at the Radboud University Nijmegen for seven years. She then joined an NGO working as a project lead on various projects related to democratic innovation. In May 2016 she started working for Duneworks.