Prof. dr. ir. Diehl, J.C.

J.C. Diehl is Full Professor in Design for Inclusive Sustainable System Intervention at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Jan Carel (JC) Diehl is as full professor in Design for Inclusive Sustainable System Interventions at the Sustainable Design Engineering Department of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (TU Delft). With over 25 years of experience, he has been a frontrunner in the development of Design for Sustainability approaches, from initially Ecodesign, towards Sustainable Product Services Systems, and nowadays in the domain of Systemic Design.

His personal motive is to increase access to basic needs for all in a sustainable manner: Inclusive Sustainability. Specifically in the healthcare domain with the aim to make the TU Delft a unique center of excellence in Inclusive Sustainable Health Interventions.

He is the co-lead of the NWO INSPiRED project in which he develops, together with LUMC and ME, AI-powered diagnostic devices for the detection of poverty-related diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is part of the Delft Global Initiative (DGI) Healthcare for All research program which he initiated in collaboration with ME and TPM to increase the access to healthcare in the Global South.

Within the Rotterdam – Delft Convergence he is the co-lead of the Sustainable Hospital Consortium with the aim to drastically reduce the use and disposal of medical consumables in amongst others Erasmus MC, LUMC and MCL by applying Circular Design strategies. 

In his current position, he is looking forward to further advance Design for Inclusive Sustainable Healthcare, both in education and research, to increase access to healthcare and meanwhile reduce its environmental impact worldwide.


Master degree in Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology

Specialisation / field of research

  • Design for Sustainability
  • Design for the Base of the Pyramid
  • Design for Cultural Differences 

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

ID 4050 Internationalization

Involved in the research project(s):

The Power of Design

Angele Reinders, Jan Carel Diehl and Han Brezet
ISBN: 978 11 1830 867 7

Published in 2012