Hello, and thanks for visiting my website! I aim to make academic research in the area of sustainability more widely accessible and share a few of my own thoughts!
What I do
- Associate Professor at TU Delft, Industrial Design Engineering
- Senior research associate at the University of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing.
- Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
- Advisor to a number of organisations (large and small) on sustainable business models
I am an Associate Professor at TU Delft, Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
I hold a PhD from the University for Cambridge, Department of Engineering, which was funded by Unilever, and an MSc in International Business (Maastricht School of Business and Economics), and conducted a master’s programme in economics and management at the Sorbonne, Paris. For my PhD with the Low Carbon Materials Processing Group I investigated how consumer goods manufacturers such as Unilever, who funded the work, can reduce their product life cycle carbon footprint. For this, I developed and tested tools to help expand and evaluate corporate portfolios of eco-innovative ideas, and developed eco-innovative strategies for future action.
Previously, I worked as a research assistant on the project: “Well Dressed – The present and future sustainability of clothing and textiles in the United Kingdom”, which was funded by Biffa and M&S. The report proposed a range of future opportunities to improve the sustainability of the textiles and clothing industry.
For the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at Cambridge, I am working in close collaboration with other academic institutes, industry, NGO’s and policy makers to find ways to help the industrial system become more sustainable on the short and longer-term.
As part of my Fellowship role at CISL, I act as a tutor, supervisor and speaker on executive programmes in sustainability leadership.
In 2013, I spent some time in the Bay area to investigate how sustainable start-ups might achieve scale, followed by a visiting Fellowship at Yale University, where I was teaching and doing research at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and running workshops for entrepreneurial initiatives such as the Sabin Prize and the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health at Yale.
Before, I worked for DHL, Accenture and ING. I’ve always demonstrated a great interest in how sustainability may be embedded in business practices. Through my work I regularly advise and works with delegates from a wide range of FTSE 100 companies and start-ups.
My research interests include: sustainable business models, closed loop economy, eco-innovation and eco-ideation, systems change and closing the idea-action gap in sustainability. At TU Delft, my focus is on sustainable and circular business model innovation and the link to the design. In Cambridge, my research focuses on sustainable business models and systemic industry change.
If you would like to contact me about my work, I would love to hear from you! Drop me a line at nmpb2 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk