Dr. ir. Doorn, F.A.P. van

Fenne van Doorn is researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

In 2010, Fenne finished her master Design for Interaction at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. In her graduation project for the public library DOK, she involved children in the design of a new book searching system. Together with Probiblio and designer Frens Pries she transformed this design into a website on which children can record short movies about books to inspire other children to pick a book to read (www.boekenbabbels.nl).

Once graduated, Fenne started working for design agency Hoog & Diep in Rotterdam as user- researcher/designer. After her experience in design practice she returned to the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering to become a PhD candidate within the European Interreg project called ProFit. In this project she involved children as co-researchers in design, enabling them to do research with peers in order to get insight in their lives that inspire and inform designers.

Fenne was co-applicant in several research proposals for funding. Two of these applications got rewarded. This resulted in the postdoc project she is currently working on: “Co-design with kids”, funded by NWO/NRO. The goal of this project is to develop a toolbox to do design projects at primary schools for the benefit of both designers and children.

The other accepted project, called “Healthy by Design”, is funded by Zonmw. This project aims to develop, implement and evaluate an intervention that changes the lifestyle behaviour of students at vocational schools.


  • 2004 - 2007
    BSc. Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • 2007 - 2010
    MSc. Design for Interaction, TU Delft
  • 2011 - 2016
    PhD, TU Delft


  • 09.2010 - 04.2011
    Researcher and Designer at Hoog&Diep 

Specialisation/Field of research

Using participants to help set-up and conduct research 

  • Contextual user research
  • Co-research
  • Contextmapping
  • Participatory Design,
  • Interaction Design for and with Children
  • Co-Design
  • Design skills in Primary Education
  • For more about her research and publications click here 

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Co-research
  • Contextmapping
  • Co-design with children

Involved in the research project(s):