Nathalie Crutzen, the holder of a PhD in Business and Economics, is a professor at HEC Liège, Management School of the University of Liege (Belgium).
She is responsible for academic activities (ie. scientific research, academic teaching, supervision of Master and PhD theses & various services) in the field of strategy, innovation & sustainability. In this context, Nathalie Crutzen has developed, over the last years, various research projects on sustainability, strategy and related management (control); on sustainability innovations as well as on sustainable and smart cities.
Professor Nathalie Crutzen has an international profile. She has a lot of contacts with other universities, business schools and various organizations (businesses, cities) all over the world, especially to deal with issues related to sustainability, strategic management, and smart cities. As far as scientific research is concerned, up to now, she has published scientific articles in international scientific journals (Journal of Cleaner Production, Review of Business and Economics, Revue Internationale PME, Humanisme et Entreprise) as well as several book chapters.
Professor Nathalie Crutzen is also the founder and the director of the Smart City Institute (SCI) at HEC Liege. This institute deals with the topic of Smart Cities and, more broadly, with the transition of cities/territories towards sustainability (economic, ecological & social aspects). The SCI proposes to approach this thematic from a managerial angle (not a technical one) while collaborating with other disciplines (economy, geography, architecture, computer & environmental sciences, etc.). It is founded on an original partnership between private companies (Accenture, Belfius, Proximus & Schréder), public actors (Walloon Region & Digital Wallonia) and a University and its Management School (HEC Liege). This academic institute aims at stimulating research, teaching, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the field of the “smart city”.