Kristine van Tubergen MSc

Kristine van Tubergen MSc

Kristine embarked as a PhD candidate under Professor Rob van Tulder at the Partnership Resource Centre and RSM’s Department of Business-Society Management in September 2014. She will focus on cross-sector partnerships, sustainable value chains and their effectiveness and impact. One of her research topics is the 2SCALE project, a large agribusiness incubator in Africa, connecting networks of small-scale entrepreneurs, farmers, buyers and intermediaries in nine countries. This PhD research is a continuation of research she started at the Open University of the Netherlands and Eindhoven University of Technology, targeted at projects involving partnerships in the ‘base of the pyramid’ (BoP).

Kristine graduated with a BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences and an MSc in Innovation Sciences from Eindhoven University of Technology. During her studies she became more and more interested in the triple bottom line, the interaction between people, planet and profit. As a result, she chose a specialisation track in health care and joined a student initiative to start a development project in Kenya. She followed this with an internship at an agency specialising in sustainability strategy and a globalization and sustainability track in her master studies. These experiences showed her the added value of collaboration between public, private and civil societal parties and the importance of further research into this complicated topic, and inspired her to start a PhD project.