Stefan Kuhlmann is a full professor, researcher, and intellectual in the field of science, technology and innovation politics and governance studies at the the Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) group, University of Twente, Netherlands.

He is academic director of WTMC, the interdisciplinary Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture.

He was Editor of Research Policy (RP) from 2005 until 2020; RP is a leading journal in the field of innovation studies. Kuhlmann held leading positions at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe (1988-2006), was Professor of Innovation Policy at University of Utrecht (2001-2006) and researcher at the University of Kassel (1979-1988). 

Since 2021 Stefan Kuhlmann is member of the City Council of Gronau/Westf. (Rat der Stadt).