PhD Candidates

  • Sahar Abdollahi

    Sahar's academic background is in urban management and development. She got her master degree in the specialization of “sustainability, environment and climate change” in 2019 from Erasmus University. Her current research aims to discover the impact of Urban Morphology on social and spatial inclusion in ancient cities of the Netherlands. During her Ph.D., she will analyze the models for spatial development in ancient cities of Netherlands to explore the influence of these evolutions on residential segregation.

    Promotor: Prof. Martin de Jong (ESL/RSM)
    2nd- Promotor: Prof. Jurian Edelenbos (IHS/ESSB)
    Co-Promoter: Dr. Jan Fransen (IHS)

  • Abdulrhman Alsayel

    Abdulrhman's current research focus is to discover the connections and tensions between place branding, inclusive urban development, and the creative class theory. Before that, he led the youth engagement unit at UN-Habitat in its Future Saudi Cities Program, in the capacity of Youth and Advocacy Lead consultant. He also worked for the Imam Abdulrhman Bin Faisal University (IAU) as a lecturer in the urban and regional planning department. He received his education in sustainability, planning and environmental policy from Cardiff University (UK) from its School of Geography and Planning.

    Promotor: Prof. Martin de Jong (ESL/RSM)
    2nd Promotor: Dr. Jan Fransen (IHS)

  • Daniela Garcia-Caro Briceno

    Daniela Garcia-Caro’s academic background includes Environmental Studies, Sustainable Development, and Agroecology. Her research interests lie with sustainable food system transformations and bridging the gaps between food system research, practice, and policy. The topic of her PhD is ‘Agribusiness and Sustainable Alternatives’, which aims to explore the stumbling blocks of transitions to an agroecological Europe by looking at the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy and their proposition for a new Legislative Framework for Sustainable Food Systems.

    Promotor: Prof. Alessandra Arcuri (ESL)
    2nd Promotor: Dr. Yogi Hale Hendlin (ESPhil)

  • Roy Heesakkers

    Roy Heesakkers

    Roy Heesakkers studies the inclusion of public interests in corporate governance, from a corporate law perspective. His approach combines insights from systems thinking, regenerative economics and pluralistic notions of social justice.

    Promotor: Prof. Maarten Verbrugh (ESL)
    Co-promotor: Dr. Conrad Heilmann (ESPhil)

  • Lydia Baan Hofman

    Baan Hofman's research interests lie in (intersections between) ecophilosophy, (feminist) science and technology studies and aesthetics. In her PhD project, she elaborates Donna Haraway’s notion of response-ability towards the urgencies of climate change.

    Promotor: Prof. Marli Huijer (ESPhil)
    Co-promotor: Prof. Alessandra Arcuri (ESL)

  • Aziza Mayar

    Aziza Mayar’s academic background is in International Relations, Humanities, and Global Political Economy. The topic of her research is on the role of International Law in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a case study on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development guidelines and the National Contact Points of this organization.

    Promotor: Prof. Ellen Hey (ESL)
    2nd Promotor: Dr. Karen Maas (ESE)

  • Byron Murphy

    With a background in political theory, international relations and Chinese politics, Byron Murphy’s present research is focused on inclusive urban development and regeneration. His work concerns theoretical frameworks of inclusive development, as well as policy analyses of recent and ongoing regeneration projects at brownfield sites across several European cities. Prior to joining the initiative Byron completed a masters program in 2017 at Fudan University’s School of International Relations and Public Affairs in Shanghai. At DoIP, Byron will be working with Prof. Martin de Jong and Dr. Filippos Zisopoulos in the Inclusive Wise Waste Cities project.

    Promotor: Prof. Martin de Jong (ESL/RSM)
    2nd Promotor: Prof. Jack Vromen (ESPhil)

  • Maria Carmen Punzi

    Maria Carmen graduated from the master "Global Business and Sustainability". In her MSc thesis she explored the ways in which social businesses are challenging and changing the way society thinks of and experiences menstruation. After graduating, she worked at the BSM department of RSM as a research assistant and at a global health non-profit organization, to continue the work started with the thesis. During her PhD, she is planning to analyze the menstrual health context as a case where different stakeholders – social entrepreneurs, incumbent firms, non-profit organizations, regulators and donors – dynamically interact and work towards collaborative governance.

    Promotor: Prof. Pursey Heugens (RSM)
    2nd Promotor: Prof. Peter Mascini (ESL)
    Co-Promotor: Dr. Mirjam Werner (RSM)

  • Jiejing Shi

    During her undergraduate period, Jiejing studied theology and business administration at the Pyeontaek University. During her master she majored in Human Resources at the Kyunghee University in Korea. The content of her research is understanding the practice of the Beijing consensus model of development; The opportunities and challenges of exporting Chinese institutions to OBOR countries. The objective of this research is to know what OBOR leads to in practice, what the Chinese model of development implies and how other countries deal with Chinese inspired laws and management practices.

    Promotor: Prof. Martin de Jong (ESL/RSM)
    2nd Promotor: Prof. Michael Faure (ESL)
    Supervisor: Dr. Farhad Mukhtarov (ISS)

  • Heleen Tiemersma

    Heleen Tiemersma

    Heleen Tiemersma studies the potential of financial institutions to exercise their leverage on corporate clients and business partners to contribute to the realisation of human rights. The research will take a multidisciplinary approach (legal and managerial), focussing on the combination of innovative management stances and innovative legal arrangements for responsible and pro-active business conduct beyond compliance.

    Promotor: Prof. Martijn Scheltema (ESL)
    2nd Promotor: Prof. Rob van Tulder (RSM)

  • Yannick Wiessner

    Yannick Wiessner’s academic background is in International Business. He is interested in foreign trade and especially in foreign direct investment (FDI), most notably in emerging markets. In particular, his research explores how FDI as a foreign impetus can contribute to a host country’s sustainable development, not only in economic terms, but also considering legal, social, and environmental aspects of investment impact.

    Promotor: Prof. Alessandra Arcuri (ESL)
    Supervisor: Dr. Brian Pinkham (RSM)
    Supervisor: Dr. Frank Wijen (RSM)

  • Jialong Zhu

    Jialong’s academic background is in urban regeneration and development. His research interests lie in inclusive urban development, eco-cities and smart cities. During his PhD, he will explore whether smart city initiatives constitute an approach that integrates social, economic, and spatial dimensions of urban inclusion.

    Promotor: Prof. Martin de Jong (ESL/RSM)
    2nd Promotor: Prof. Jurian Edelenbos(IHS/ESSB)
    Supervisor: Dr. Alberto Gianoli (IHS)