Pouya Janghorban

Pouya Janghorban – PhD candidate


Pouya Janghorban is a PhD candidate within the SCENSUS project and a member of the Social Enterprises & Institutions for Collective Action (SEICA) research group at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam. He studies the influence of social network structures on the scaling process of community enterprises. Community enterprises are considered a promising alternative to the conventional market-state dichotomy in the urgently needed societal transition to sustainability. Pouya’s research aims to develop management and policy recommendations to support the scaling of community enterprises and accelerate sustainability transitions.

Prior to joining RSM, Pouya worked as a student research assistant at Reiner Lemoine Institut (RLI) in Berlin where he was a member of the €1.6M PeopleSuN development research project. In this project, he analyzed discrete choice experiment data using multinomial logit modeling to assess “Willingness to pay for upfront electricity connection among rural and peri-urban households and SMEs in Nigeria”.

Pouya holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters degree (first-class honors) in Transition, Innovation, and Sustainability Environments (TISE) where, building on a Complexity Science fundament, he has received an inter and cross-disciplinary training in Economics, Sociocultural Studies, Social Sciences, and Design. Pouya has a BSc in Physics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and he has previous experience in EU policy consulting from an internship in Brussels.

Involved in projects


  • Community Enterprises
  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Systems Science
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Social Network Theory
  • Quantitative Research Methods

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