Eva Niesten

Eva Niesten


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Eva Niesten is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Eva was the coordinator of an MSc course unit on Sustainability and Social Responsibility, and the coordinator of an UG unit on Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing. She received several teaching excellence awards, a Curriculum for a Better Tomorrow Award from the University of Manchester Students' Union, and a grant for Social Responsibility in the Curriculum at AMBS.

In 2019 and 2020, Eva was the Director for Social Responsibility at AMBS.

Eva received her PhD in 2009 at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her thesis focused on the introduction of competition in European electricity industries. She held two postdoc positions on innovations in renewable energy; at the Florence School of Regulation of the European University Institute and at the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).

Eva was an assistant professor in Economics of Innovation at Utrecht University from September 2010 until August 2015. She had a visiting position at the research cluster for Environmental and Energy Economics and Management at the University of Birmingham in 2015 and at the Universite Paris 11 in 2004.

Research interests

Eva Niesten's research interests include collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurial activities of firms in the field of sustainability.

Recent projects focus on the private and public value of inter-firm alliances in the field of environmental sustainability. Together with Professor Jonatan Pinkse, Eva coordinates a research project on Sustainable Energy Innovation and Shifts in Value Creation and Capture in the Business Ecosystem. The project is funded by the Lord Alliance Foundation.

Eva was the editor of a special issue on 'Sustainable collaboration: The impact of governance and institutions on sustainable performance', which is published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Eva won a Best Full Paper Award at the British Academy of Management in September 2015 for a paper on 'The impact of venture capital on governance decisions in collaborations with start-ups' (co-authored with Albert Jolink).

She received various grants, from Climate-KIC for a project on the effects of acceleration programs on the business performance of clean-tech entrepreneurs, and a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute for a research project on the regulation and governance of green innovations. Eva has also participated in a smart grid pilot project in the province of Utrecht (NL), which focused on the development of new business models for smart grid services.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Energy
  • Energy
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


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