"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." - (Nikos Kazantzakis)
Dr. Aikaterini Argyrou LL.M. is an Assistant Professor at Nyenrode and she undertakes multidisciplinary research in the field of law, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on the examination of normative frameworks that deliver substance to the concept of sustainability in entrepreneurship and company law from the perspective of social entrepreneurship. Her research interest also expands to research areas related to sustainability and institutional change, sustainable market transformation, business and human rights, CSR and gender in organizations.

She has experience in utilizing several research methodologies which are reflected in her published scholarship: e.g. legal and socio-legal methods, the application of comparative analysis in legal and empirical studies, the development of systemic literature reviews and the application of empirical qualitative research methods using case studies. She has also participated in studies with mixed-method research designs. Her contribution is featured in academic scholarship but also in several reports developed for the OECD, EU Commission, the EU Parliament, the Dutch Parliament but also in practitioner reports and popular publications. In 2018-2019, Dr. Argyrou was also part of various research projects and evaluation studies commissioned by several Dutch and EU authorities.

Aikaterini is a qualified corporate attorney and a member of the Athens Lawyer’s Bar Association since 2012. Prior to her PhD studies and academic positions, she was involved in many CSR research projects and CSR initiatives implemented by Nyenrode Business University, Utrecht University as well as by international institutes such as the World Legal Forum and the Hague Institute of the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL). In the past she was also a trainee legal counsel of the Greek Embassy in The Hague and a trainee attorney for two Greek-based legal firms.

Her personal mission is to extend the boundaries of existing knowledge and share with co-humans, colleagues and students her insight and understanding of the world and the lessons that she learns in life.

Secundary Positions

Aikaterini is an external researcher affiliated to the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law of Utrecht University (UCWOSL).

International Activities

  • Visiting researcher, University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Law (2016)
  • Visiting scholar & lecturer, University of Malta, Faculty of Economics and Management (as part of an Erasmus+ mobility scheme for university teachers) (2016)
  • Visiting guest lecturer, Comenius University in Bratislava (2017)
  • Member of the research network Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars (2014-2019)


Playing classical piano, reading books and exercise.

Most relevant publications

  • Hummels, H., & Argyrou, A. (2020). Planetary demands: Redefining sustainable development and sustainable entrepreneurship. Journal of Cleaner Production, 278, 123804, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123804
  • Lambooy, T., Anthoni, P., & Argyrou, A. (2020). Aren't we all pursuing societal goals in our businesses? Defining “societal purpose” as pursued by social enterprises. Sustainable Development, 28, 3, 485-494, https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2039.
  • Argyrou A., Lambooy T.E., Blomme R.J. & Kievit H. (2018), ‘Social Enterprises and the Integration of Persons with Mental Disabilities - A Case-study of Koispe Athena-Elpis’ in M. Pirson, J. Bachani & R.J. Blomme (Eds.), Humanistic Management - Social Entrepreneurship and Mindfulness, Volume II: Foundations, Cases, and Exercises (pp. 51-84). Business Expert Press.
  • Argyrou A. (2018). Social enterprises in the EU: Law promoting stakeholder participation in social enterprises. Deventer: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Argyrou A. & Hummels H. (2019). Legal personality and economic livelihood of the Whanganui river: a call for community entrepreneurship. Water International, 44 (6-7), 752-768, https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2019.1643525
  • Argyrou, A., Diepeveen, R., & Lambooy T.E. (2018). Social Entrepreneurship: (The Challenge for) Women as Economic Actors?: The Role and Position of Women in the Dutch Social Enterprises. In Sjåfjell, B. & Lynch Fannon, I. (eds.) Creating Corporate Sustainability: Gender as an Agent for Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 164-187.
  • Argyrou A. (2017). Providing Social Enterprises with Better Access to Public Procurement - The Development of Supportive Legal Frameworks. European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, 12(3), 310-324, https://www.jstor.org/stable/26695466
  • Argyrou A., Blomme R.J., Lambooy T.E. & Kievit, H. (2017). Unravelling the participation of stakeholders in the governance models of social enterprises in Greece. Corporate Governance: The international Journal of Business in Society, 17 (4), 661-677, https://doi.org/10.1108/CG-08-2016-0164