Professor of Circular Business, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
Kim Poldner (1978) is Professor Circular Business at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and is affiliated with Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands where she founded the Circular Fashion Lab and developed the MOOC ‘Design, Science and Value in a Sustainable Clothing Industry’ https://www.edx.org/course/circular-fashion-in-a-sustainable-clothingindustry.
Professor Poldner graduated at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland: for her PhD project she longitudinally studied 58 sustainable entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. She initiated and organized the first edition of Un-Dress in 2012, named after her PhD dissertation: ‘Un-Dress – Stories of Ethical Fashion Entrepreneuring’. Her research interests evolve at the crossroads of entrepreneurship, aesthetics and sustainability and she has written award winning case studies on sustainable fashion pioneers such as Veja and Osklen. She publishes in journals such as Organization, Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Studies, Organization & Environment, Business & Society and Journal of Cleaner Production. Before she embarked on an academic career, Professor Poldner was founder of the first eco fashion store in The Netherlands in 2005 and initiator of online platform ‘Eco Fashion World’. Her green wardrobe, including her up cycled wedding dress, was exhibited during the exhibition ‘Wear I Am’ in 2017.