Dr. ir. Kersten, W.C.
Wouter has so far enjoyed a diverse career of jobs in the academic, research, profit and non-profit sectors. For most of his career he held two jobs in parallel. This continuous immersion in different environments simultaneously has ensured that he has no single way to look at the world, but can switch and imagine and see the value of different viewpoints.
Since 2012 he has been working part-time at TU Delft, since 2016 that is arranged as part-time PhD position for the topic "Context Variation by Design", or in other words, intentional design for diversity. It is a design approach that is particularly useful when addressing large scale social challenges with diverse local manifestations.
Previous research jobs included ones at RIVM, Tilburg University and WRR, with topics ranging from greening the financial system, accelerated climate change, labour migration and communication after calamities.
He has (co) authored several dozens of articles and book chapters.
Beside his academic positions Wouter has always worked in parallel in non-academic settings as well, including as innovation manager (initiating social enterprises worldwide), and supporting others in be(com)ing professionally curious through The New ABC. In 2019 he started working for Platform31, on the theme of the Circular Society and Sustainability, where his PhD work is actively used.
- 2016 – 2020
PhD, Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
- 2002 – 2003
MSc Environmental Science, University of Greenwhich
- 1990 – 1996
MSc Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Twente
- 2019 – present
Project leader Sustainability and Circular Economy at Platform 31
- 2018 – present
Chief Curiosity at The New ABC
- 2012 – present
Researcher at Delft university of Technology, since 2016 also as PhD Candidate, thesis completed in 2020
- 2005 – 2017
Research and Innovation manager at Enviu (www.enviu.org)
- 2003 – 2009
Various research functions, RIVM, WRR, Tilburg University
- 1996 – 2002
Telecom Consultancy and Project leader, Logica BV
Specialisation / field of research
- Design with Diversity
- Context Variation by Design
Lectures and/or coaches students in
- Complexity in design
- Sustainable Business Models
- Product Service Systems
Involved in research projects
Global environmental policy handbook, 2nd edition
Frank Wijen (ed) (contribution to 1 chapter)
ISBN: 978 18 4980 312 0
Published in 2012
Sustainable Development Drivers
Kees Zoeteman (ed) (co-author on 2 chapters)
ISBN: 978 08 5793 489 5
Published in 2012
Innovation for Sustainability
Chapter 16: Wouter Kersten, Jan Carel Diehl, Jo van Engelen
Editors: Nancy Bocken, Paavo
Ritala, Laura Albareda, Robert Verburg
ISBN: 978 3 319 97385 2
Published in 2019