Dr. Jamsin, E.

Ella Jamsin is Assistant professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Ella Jamsin is an assistant professor in Design for Sustainability.

Ella's research stems from the observation that most sustainability issues are intertwined within complex social systems: e.g. the success of a sustainable innovation depends on how widely it is adopted; circular business models require new business relationships; mental health is affected by the quality of social networks. Ella investigates the approaches by which designers can effectively model and embrace this social complexity, using for example computational models and technological tools. 

Before joining the TU Delft, Ella worked about 2 years as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and 5 years as a research lead for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the transition to a circular economy. She originally studied theoretical physics: her PhD thesis explored the hidden symmetries of black holes in higher-dimensional universes.


  • 2006 – 2010
    PhD in Theoretical Physics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 2002 – 2006
    Master in Physical Sciences. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium


  • 2012 – 2017
    Research Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, United Kingdom
  • 2011 – 2012
    Consultant, McKinsey & Company, Belgium

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Circular economy and sustainability
  • Managing complexity
  • Life-cycle assessment