"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 Buiness University. 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. Since 2020 Dr. Argyrou is a Scientific
Board Member to the OECD Global Action to promote Social and Solidarity Economy
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.
Argyrou 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, students and future generations her
insight and understanding of the world and the lessons that she learns in life.
Since 2018, Argyrou is an external researcher affiliated to the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law of Utrecht University (UCWOSL). She is also an Adjunct Researcher affiliated to the Sustainable Development Unit of the Athena Research Centre in Athens, Greece.
- Scientific Board Member, OECD Global Action to promote Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems (2020-present)
- Visiting scholar & lecturer, University of Malta, Faculty of Economics and Management (2016- present)
- Member of the research network Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars (2014-present)
- Visiting researcher, University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Law (2016)
- Visiting guest lecturer, Comenius University in Bratislava (2017)
Argyrou playing classical piano, reading books and exercise.