"Tradition is not about preserving the ashes, but about passing on the fire"  (Gustav Mahler)

 Birgit Dulski works as a researcher, holding the Sustainable Building chair of prof. Anke van Hal in the Center for Entrepreneurship, Governance and Stewardship since April 2008. Her research focuses on making existing neighborhoods more sustainable and on cultural entrepreneurship in historic buildings. In her research, she makes extensive use of 'learning networks', in which parties involved in the same task from different perspectives learn from and with each other.

Birgit studied architecture in Germany and the Netherlands and graduated as an architect from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in 1995.

Birgit combines her job as a researcher at Nyenrode with a job as a consultant at the Dutch Institute for Building Biology and Ecology (NIBE). In her role as educator, Birgit strives to let students discover how entrepreneurship and sustainability can reinforce each other, creating innovative and creative business models.

Birgit's research themes both have great social value:

  • Research into cultural entrepreneurship aims to keep cultural functions viable in historic buildings for the long term, ensuring they remain accessible to the public and allowing everyone to enjoy the valuable heritage. 
  • Making existing neighborhoods more sustainable not only contributes to energy conservation and sustainable energy generation and, as a result, to international, national and local policy objectives, but also to strengthening social cohesion in the neighborhoods and a more pleasant living environment.

Secondary positions 

  • Member of the Nyenrode Works Council (Ondernemingsraad van Nyenrode) since 2018
  • Advisor at the Dutch Institute for Building Biology and Ecology (NIBE) in Utrecht since 2001
  • Board member of the Culemborg Culture Fund (Cultuurfonds Culemborg), voluntary work, since 2016

International activities 

  • Birgit gives guest lectures and presentations on her research at conferences.


Music occupies much of Birgit's spare time. She plays the tenor saxophone in a symphonic wind orchestra. Birgit has three grown-up children.

Most relevant publications

  • Dulski, B. & van Straten (2014), Contemporary Perspectives on Jane Jacobs – Reassessing the Impacts of an Urban Visionary. Ashgate Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4724-1004-7, 2014. 
  • Hal, J.D.M. (Anke) van, Nieboer, N., & Dulski, B. (2012). The Netherlands : Unsettled times for energy efficiency. In N. Nieboer, S. Tsenkova, V. Gruis & J.D.M. (Anke) van Hal (Eds.). Energy efficiency in housing management: Policies and practice in eleven countries. (pp. 78-96). London: Routledge.  ISBN 978184971459. 
  • Hal, J.D.M. (Anke) van, Dulski, B., & Postel, A.M. (2010). Reduction of CO2 emissions in houses of historic and visual importance. Sustainability, 2, 443-460. http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/2/2/443.