Dr. Bocken, N.M.P.

Associate Professor
Industrial Design Engineering


Nancy is Associate Professor at TU Delft, Industrial Design Engineering (Design for Sustainability and Product Innovation Management). She was awarded the TU Delft Technology Fellowship to pursue her research in the areas of sustainable business models, and design and innovation for a circular economy. 

Nancy also holds positions as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Research topics include: sustainable business models, systems change and closing the idea-action gap in sustainability. As part of her fellowship role at CISL, Nancy acts as a tutor, supervisor and speaker on executive programmes in sustainability leadership. 

In 2013 Nancy was a visiting fellow at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Fall 2013), where she was lecturing on sustainable business models and related topics. She also spent two months in the Bay Area in California to investigate how sustainable businesses can achieve scale. She conducted workshops for the Yale Sabin Prize and Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health to encourage sustainable entrepreneurship at Yale University. 

Nancy completed her PhD with the Low Carbon Materials Processing Group at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department funded by Unilever. She investigated how consumer goods manufacturers can reduce their product life cycle carbon footprint. She developed and tested tools to help expand and evaluate corporate portfolios of eco-innovative ideas, and developed strategies for future action.

Previously, she worked as a research assistant on the project: 'Well Dressed?'. The report proposed future opportunities to improve the sustainability of the textiles and clothing industry.

In the past, Nancy worked for a range of companies including DHL, Accenture and ING and always demonstrated a great interest in how sustainability may be embedded in business practices.


  • 2008 - 2011
    PhD in Engineering
    University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, Low Carbon Material Processing Group, funded by Unilever
  • 2001 – 2005
    Master of Science in International Business
    Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, the Netherlands
  • 2004 – 2005
    Half-year master-programme in Economics and Management at Université Paris 1- Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris 


  • 2007-2008
    Process change manager, Business analyst, ING Realestate Netherlands
  • 2007
    Consultant, Accenture, Amsterdam
  • 2006
    Research assistant, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, Institute for Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing Group
  • 2006
    Record to report officer, DHL France, Maastricht

Specialisation / field of research

  • Sustainable business

Lectures / Coaches students on

  • Executive training in sustainability leadership at CISL, Cambridge
  • Tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains at CISL, Cambridge
  • Supervisor of Master dissertations at CISL and Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Lecturing on sustainable business model innovation at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge 

Secondary employment

  • Senior Research Associate and Lead Researcher for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability ('Centre for Industrial Sustainability')
  • Fellow at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
"Sustainable business is good business."


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