Prof. dr. Niels Bosma

Adam Smith Hall (AA)
Kriekenpitplein 21-22
Kamer 1.15
3584 EC Utrecht

Prof. dr. Niels Bosma

+31 30 253 9811

"As a social entrepreneur, your first goal is to contribute to a better world using a profitable business model. With social entrepreneurship, your social mission is in the DNA of your own company but also within your organization as employee. We have, as a society, to facilitate entrepreneurship focused on societal challenges"  

Niels Bosma is full professor Social Entrepreneurship and Director of Studies with Utrecht University School of Economics, and member of the Utrecht Centre for Entrepreneurship. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography, obtained at Utrecht University and an MSc degree in Econometrics (University of Groningen). Before moving to Utrecht University Niels was affiliated to London Business School, EIM Business and Policy Research (now part of the Panteia group), Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Tinbergen Institute.

Niels is particularly interested in individuals’ entrepreneurial and innovative behaviour in regional and social contexts and has several publications in leading academic journals.  He is also cofounder and coordinator of the Utrecht University Social Entrepreneurship Initiative and was a member of GECES, an expert group advising the European Commission on activities related to the Social Business Initiative.


Niels is currrently Member of the Board of Directors and Senior Research Advisor with the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). He has also been GEM's research director and has co-authored various GEM Global Reports between 2006 and 2021.