Supply Chain Collaboration for circular buildings: three Dutch cases and a collaboration tool

Nancy Bocken

Delft University of Technology

Nancy is Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 2017 she was appointed as Professor in Sustainable Business Management and Practice at The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden. She is also Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Nancy’s main areas of interests around sustainability and circular economy are: business models; business experimentation; innovation for sustainability; scaling up sustainable businesses; and closing the 'idea-action' gap in sustainability.At Delft University of Technology, she coordinates the H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network on Circular Economy Research (Circ€uit). She was involved in project ERN on creating a European Remanufacturing Network and several other projects on sustainable business models. Previously Nancy worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Centre for Industrial Sustainability, where she coordinated project REDRESS on diverting fashion waste from landfill and was involved in FP7 project SustainValue, amongst others. She has led several collaborative research projects and has been supervising and teaching at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, the Cambridge Department of Engineering and Judge Business School. In 2013 she was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, where she was lecturing on the Corporate Environmental Strategy course, while continuing her work on sustainable business models.Interwoven with her academic work, Nancy regularly advises a range of organisations across sectors and continents and various sustainability start-up initiatives. She co-founded HOMIE, who develop and test circular business models, starting with pay per use home appliances. Before going into academia, Nancy held positions in the logistics, banking and consulting sectors. Originally from the Netherlands, she has lived and worked in France, the UK, the USA and now Sweden. Nancy holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.


Current Circular Economy (CE) models are predominantly focused on short-lived products, while long-lived‘products’ such as buildings have received less attention. This paper reports on state of the art CE pilots in the... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jaco Quist (Delft University of Technology)
  2. Eline Leising (Rebel Consulting Group)
  3. Nancy Bocken (Delft University of Technology)

Topic Area

• Circular economy


TS-1 » Sustainable business models and circular economy (09:45 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room D)

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