Ir. Boorsma, N.E.

Nina is a PhD candidate in the Design for Sustainability research group at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, working on design management for remanufacturing. She specializes in strategic, sustainable, and circular product design. For her PhD she studies the implementation of Design for Remanufacturing at companies.

The aim of her PhD research is to understand the role of early stage design in the implementation of Design for Remanufacturing in the product development process in industry, by using design management theory. Remanufacturing is applied for various product categories, such as professional imaging equipment, car parts, and household appliances.

This PhD research is funded by the EU H2020 project ReCiPSS aimed at developing large-scale demonstrators for circular manufacturing systems. The main case studies of the project range from the automotive sector, Robert Bosch GmbH, to the household appliances sector, Gorenje Gospodinjski Aparati D.D.. For more information, you can visit the following website:

Academic Background

Her career started in Marketing Communications at Dutch product design agency, Spark design & innovation. She continued her path at innovation consultancy Innoboost, working on projects centered around sustainability. One of her assignments was to co-manage a European project, with the aim to developed circular economy vision for the MRDH region (metropolitan region of Rotterdam and The Hague) and to draft a portfolio of projects supporting this vision. Next to herIn addition to her work at the consultancy, she was ahas worked as a researcher at the TU Delft University of Technology for two EU funded EIT KIC Raw Materials projects about remanufacturing and lifelong learning for SMEs.


  • 2018 – present
    PhD, Design for Remanufacturing, Design Engineering Department, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2014 – 2016
    Master of Science in Strategic Product Design, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2010 – 2013
    Bachelor degree in Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


  • 2017 – 2018
    Circular Economy Specialist, Innoboost
  • 2016 – 2017
    Marketing Communications Manager, Spark design & innovation
  • 2017 – 2018
    Researcher, Design for a Circular Economy research group, Delft University of Technology

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Mentoring graduation projects related to Circular Product Design
  • Coach at the Design Studio for bachelor course "Design for Sustainability" 
  • Coach for master course Sustainable Design Engineering as part of Advanced Embodiment Design

Involved in the research project(s):

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