MPhil (University of Cambridge)
Sustainable Operations and Environmental Economics
Sytske is a PhD candidate in Economics & Policy at Cambridge Judge Business School working on topics around social and environmental sustainability. Using micro-econometrics and game-theory, Sytske examines how actors, such as firms and households, can drive social and environmental change, and how policy can help avoid unintended consequences due to market failures. Applications include the prevention of illegal waste disposal activities by organisations to the effect of livelihood portfolios (combinations of different economic activities) of rural smallholders on poverty.
Real world impact
As part of her research, Sytske has developed partnerships with a number of key organisations. In collaboration with Europol, the European law enforcement agency, Sytske studied the incentives behind illegal waste disposal, which often results in health and environmental violations in developed and developing countries. Sytske helped disentangle the issues faced by the agency, structure them in a game-theoretic model, and demonstrate potential consequences of policy interventions on different firms active in the waste chain.
Sytske has also been involved with the biodiversity branch and with the conservation unit of the UN Environment. She has researched how the impact of unsustainable practices and benefits of economic development are often distributed disproportionally within rural communities and how we can structure rural livelihood portfolios to support sustainable development in these regions. This system-perspective of livelihoods portfolios should become a key consideration as an increasing number of companies and social enterprises are starting to source directly from the poor in an effort to reduce poverty.
Sustainable operations; environment and development economics; public policy; game theory; micro-econometrics.
Sytske Wijnsma is a member of the Economics & Policy subject group.
Publications & papers
Publications and working papers
Erhun, F., Kraft, T. and Wijnsma, S. (2021) “Sustainable Triple‐A Supply Chains.” Production and Operations Management, 30(3), pp.644-655
Wijnsma, S., Lauga, D. and Toktay, L.B. (2021) “Treat, dump, or export? How domestic and international waste management policies shape waste chain outcomes.” (Under review, available online via the SSRN)
Wijnsma, S. and Kattuman, P. (2021) “The interrelation between smallholder livelihood portfolios, poverty, and natural resources.” Working Paper
Invited conference presentations
Wijnsma, S. (2021) “The interrelation between smallholder livelihood portfolios, poverty, and natural resources.” In: MSOM Annual Conference: Poverty Alleviation in Developing Countries, 7-10 June 2021 (virtual).
Wijnsma, S. (2021) “Treat, dump, or export? How domestic and international waste management policies shape waste chain outcomes.” In: MSOM Sustainable Operations SIG Meeting: Business Practices and Waste, 5-6 June 2021 (virtual).
Wijnsma, S. (2021) “The interrelation between smallholder livelihood portfolios, poverty, and natural resources.” In: POMS Annual Conference: Socially Responsible Operations and Welfare Programs, 30 April-5 May 2021 (virtual).
Wijnsma, S. (2020) “Non-compliance in the waste chain: effective policy for hazardous wastes.” In INFORMS Annual Meeting: Transparency for Social Sustainability, 8-11 November 2020 (virtual).
Wijnsma, S. (2019) “Information asymmetry and the non-compliance of firms: effective policy in the waste disposal chain.” In INFORMS Annual Meeting: Going the Extra Mile for Sustainable Supply Chains, 20-23 October 2019, Seattle (WA), USA.
Wijnsma, S. (2018) “Illicit waste management: challenges and recommendations for law enforcement.” In: Europol Annual Meeting Environmental Crime, 23 November 2018, The Hague, The Netherlands.