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The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the next best time is today.  

- Chinese proverb

Research profile

Boukje Huijben is an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Business Model Innovation (SBMI) in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (ITEM) group of the department of Industrial Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Boukje is passionate about the development of new strategies for sustainable business, combining insights from different disciplines and working with academics as well as practitioners in the field of AgroFood, Energy and Logistics.She currently teaches a bachelor course (Green Business Models) as well as an Innovation Bootcamp in Entrepreneurship for PhD and PDEng students working in the field of smart cities. She also supervises bachelor and master theses in the field of sustainable business, involving students in various ongoing research projects. 

Academic background

Boukje Huijben obtained her PhD at the department of Innovation Sciences of TU/e in 2015 focusing on the analysis of solar energy business models and entrepreneurial strategies for dealing with regulatory regimes. Additionally, she worked as a postdoc for the Strategic Area Energy (SAE) of TU/e researching business models for energy efficiency products and services, with a strong focus on the role of the end user. She also was a lecturer in the field of sustainability transitions and business models for students and professionals at TU/e and external, both national and international.

Boukje is a member of Foundation 'Het Groene Brein' (The Green Brain) which aims to connect scientists to companies in order to stimulate the transition towards a green and sustainable economy.


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Projects 2016 2020

Supporting innovative SMEs by InnoEnergy

Romme, A. G. L. (., Huijben, J. C. C. M. (., Meijer, L., Plaschek - Scale, J., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., van Broeckhoven, B., Sens, F. & Damen, I.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2009 2019

5 Downloads (Pure)

Align, adapt or amplify: upscaling strategies for car sharing business models in Sydney, Australia

Meijer, L., Schipper, F. & Huijben, B., 1 Nov 2019, In : Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 33, p. 215-230 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
car sharing
Railroad cars
2 Citations (Scopus)
33 Downloads (Pure)

Barriers and drivers for technology commercialization by SMEs in the Dutch sustainable energy sector

Meijer, L., Huijben, B., Van Boxstael, A. & Romme, S., 1 Sep 2019, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 112, p. 114-126 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Natural gas
Technology innovation
Managerial roles
8 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

User-centred sustainable business model design: The case of energy efficiency services in the Netherlands

Tolkamp, J., Huijben, J. C. C. M., Mourik, R. M., Verbong, G. P. J. & Bouwknegt, R., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 182, p. 755-764 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

energy efficiency
Energy efficiency


First Price Posters COMBURA conference on combustion technology

J.C.C.M. (Boukje) Huijben (Recipient), 2008

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

STW valorisation grant

Boukje Huijben (Recipient), 2009

Prize: NWOTake-offScientific

Top 20 New Venture business plan competition, first round

Boukje Huijben (Recipient), 2011

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Winner Business Plan Competition New Venture 2010, round 1, category Industrial Goods

Boukje Huijben (Recipient), 2010

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Activities 2011 2016

Het Groene Brein (External organisation)

J.C.C.M. (Boukje) Huijben (Chair)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of networkScientific

International Sustainable Business Model Research Community (External organisation)

J.C.C.M. (Boukje) Huijben (Chair)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of networkScientific

IEA Task 25: Business models for a more effective market uptake of DSM energy services for SMEs and communities

R.M. Mourik (Organiser), J.C.C.M. Huijben (Organiser)
Nov 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

Jonge Professoren op het Podium

J.C.C.M. (Boukje) Huijben (Contributor)
24 Sep 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionPopular

Solar Plus, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Boukje Huijben (Speaker)
17 Apr 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Student theses

Accelerating the energy transition through intermediary management of high-growth energy firms

Author: Sinke, J., 31 Oct 2018

Supervisor: Van Boxstael, A. (Supervisor 1), Cloodt, M. (Supervisor 2) & Huijben, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A circular business model for non-residential buildings

Author: van Eldik, S., 31 Jan 2019

Supervisor: Bobelyn, A. (Supervisor 1), Huijben, B. (Supervisor 2) & Van Boxstael, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


An assessment tool for product-service systems

Author: Peeters, I., 30 Aug 2019

Supervisor: Huijben, B. (Supervisor 1), Keskin, D. (Supervisor 2) & Romme, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A paradigm shift?: user-centred business model design for energy efficiency services

Author: Tolkamp, J., 31 Mar 2016

Supervisor: Huijben, J. (Supervisor 1), Mourik, R. (Supervisor 2) & Verbong, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A roadmap to scalability: a tool for new ventures to design scalable business models for sustainability

Author: van der Horst, Y., 31 Jul 2019

Supervisor: Keskin, D. (Supervisor 1), Huijben, B. (Supervisor 2) & Cloodt, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master