At Nyenrode Business University, Lambooy conducts multidisciplinary research projects which focus on enhancing sustainability standards by private actors (corporate social responsibility, CSR) since April 2007. She currently heads the research group 'Sustainable Law and Governance'. A special focus area is designing and conducting research projects concerning biodiversity and ecosystem preservation and the role of business in that context.
Interest areas: capital markets and biodiversity; business and biodiversity; legality of timber; recycling of timber; best corporate practices on water use; corporate governance models; integrated reporting; enhancing and measuring non-financial corporate achievements; multi-stakeholder processes; partnerships for sustainable development; dispute resolution regarding CSR conflicts between stakeholders; social entrepreneurship.
Research projects are mostly conducted through collaborative action research together with private actors (companies and institutional investors), NGOs and public policy makers; the goal is to improve the performance of one company or sector in respect of biodiversity and ecosystems impact (negative or positive impact). Furthermore, the research aims to enhance multi-stakeholder processes in search of putting CSR values into practice and to provide policy advice to the public sector on CSR.
For the South African government, she developed a learning process based on best management practices through conducting case studies and dissemination of the results among peers. In 2012, this was applied to management practices of public departments of South Africa. In the same year, she participated in an OECD Environmental Performance Review of South Africa.
She also initiates and participates in education (recently, Nyenrode MSc Elective course on CSR (May 2013); Utrecht University & Nyenrode Summer course on CSR (July 2013); Tias Nimbas - two modules about CSR for FT MSc and PT MSc (May/June 2013).
Recent Nyenrode research projects include:
- Managing a Helpdesk for Biodiversity and Business at Nyenrode together with CREM. The Helpdesk is designed as an instrument of Platform Biodiversity, Ecosystems & Economie (BEE), which Platform is managed by VNO-NCW & IUCN. The Helpdesk assists companies with improving their biodiversity impact profile (since Oct 2012).
- Exploring research possibilities together with UNEP FI, Katoomba Group and the Brazilian government into investments in sustainable forestry and REDD+, which should result in publications and a conference in 2014.
- Research on investing in biodiversity and ecosystems by institutional investors, resulting in various international multi-stakeholder working conferences, i.e. in 2009, 2011, 2012 (with Dutch institutional investors APG, FMO, the African Development Bank, IFC, FAO, Katoomba Group, UNEP FI, WWF and others); various publications and conference reports.
- Setting up an international academic and policymakers conference (November 2013) and organising an academic publication about the policy space of developing countries to improve their environmental laws and policies in view of existing restrictions in international investment treaties. This project is set up together with Utrecht University (Research Center for Water and Sustainability and Department Corporate Law) and the Dutch departments for Foreign Affairs and Infrastructure & the Environment.
- Research on legal models that can support social entrepreneurship; This project is set up together with Utrecht University (Research Center for Water and Sustainability and Department Corporate Law). Presentations at the International Sustainable Development Research Conference in Stellenbosch 2013, the Utrecht University Social Entrepreneurship Alumni Research Day (June 2013), and the ABIS academic conference at Nyenrode on 'Financing Sustainability' (October 2013).
- Advising a group of private actors on options to increase the recycling of timber packaging in the Netherlands, together with Probos (July 2012-April 2013).
- Case study for HIVOS on structuring a public- private-community Partnership for Sustainable Development, 'Sumba Iconic Island', which resulted in a paper and various presentations. This project is set up together with Utrecht University (November 2012 - May 2013).
- Lecture at the seminar 'Tropical Forests. Are we on the right track?' (Sept. 2012).
- Jury member of the Partnership Election; Nu Zakelijk & NCDO at Nyenrode; Nov 2012
At Utrecht University, Lambooy lectures on CSR, Corporate Law, and Mergers & Acquisitions, also since April 2007. She carries out research on various themes pertaining to CSR, including corporate governance, stakeholder participation, public-private partnerships, corporate law, accounting law, corruption law, human rights and business, and conflict resolution. She participates in the cooperation between UU Law School and ten Law Schools in Indonesia; a.o. by conducting joint research in the field of CSR.
Lambooy was trained as a commercial lawyer specialising in advising on mergers, acquisitions and privatisations in a large international civil law and tax law firm.
She obtained a PhD in 2010 on “Corporate Social Responsibility - Legal and semi-legal frameworks supporting CSR” (https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/16169).
Lambooy is a member of the Oslo University Sustainable Companies Team, Editor of the International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal (ICCCLJ) and also a Special Editor for the European Company Law journal (ECL) for the annual special issue on CSR and Social Responsible Investment (SRI).
Lambooy is a board member of the Club of Rome - Dutch Chapter, member of the Round Table of World Connectors, member of the Advisory Board of the 1% Club, and Friend of the Earth Charter.