It is my pleasure to inform you on behalf of our research institute that our colleague Prof. Pieter Glasbergen received the Life Time Achievement Award (LTA) for his research on Partnerships for Sustainable Development at the CSSI conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
After three Americans, Prof. Glasbergen is the first European who received the Award.
In his laudation the chair of the committee, Prof. Rob van Tulder, memorized that the Life Time Achievement Award recognizes scientifically and socially relevant research in Cross Sector Partnerships for the social good. The LTA was also initiated as an encouragement to younger scholars to follow in the paths of well-known international scholars. The chair qualified Pieter as an excellent researcher, a critical thinker, and an inquisitive human being. Pieter’s approach is always critical and international and he demonstrates that it is possible to combine disciplines. His legacy is not only his books, articles and insights but also his coaching and supportive action towards aspiring young scholars.
To Pieter’s surprise two of his former PhD students, Dr. Greetje Schouten and Dr. Verena Bitzer, were asked to continue the laudation. Pieter, they said, is an influencer. He is one of the pioneers in the field of cross-sector partnerships from a political science perspective. Pieter clearly is a thought-leader but probably also a thought-provoker. He does not shy away from debate; he does not mind telling that we might be wrong when we in fact think that we’re right. Pieter certainly likes to provoke people, but he does not do that with the aim to irritate or annoy others. He does it to stir up, to stimulate, to learn and to reflect. He uses heated debates to sharpen his view and our minds. His high demands, sharp analyses and genuine involvement have helped many master and PhD students to reach their full potential over the past decades. Pieter has the ability to offer his students strong guidance, while giving them control over their own work. Moreover, Pieter and his wife Wil welcomed many PhD students into their home, showing that support does not end with commenting on a paper or discussing research ideas, but also has a social side.
Pieter was visibly moved by these nice words.