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Jotte de Koning is an Assistant Professor of Design for Sustainability with a focus on practice and implementation. 

Jotte conducts research on the intersection of the fields of design for sustainability and systems thinking. She is looking at how design and designers can contribute to the societal challenges of our time; or how to change complex systems through design. These systems are for example the agrofood system, energy system or cities as complex systems. Her expertise lies in strategic design, service design, behavioural change, transition management and sustainable innovation. And, she is always on the lookout to make food part of her research topics. 

Jotte is an Industrial and Strategic Design Engineer by education. She has a background in different (design) fields and experience working in different countries. This is reflected in an interest in interdisciplinary and inter-cultural projects. 

Jotte obtained a PhD at the Delft University of Technology on Sustainable Food by Design (2017). During four years of doctoral research she focused on co-creation between citizens and food initiatives in urban Vietnam. Together with local partners in Vietnam she developed, tested and applied co-creation methods to contribute to a more sustainable consumption pattern. The relevance and potential of collaborative and creative processes for sustainability transitions is still a central theme in her research activities.

Jotte has published articles dealing with sustainable consumption behaviour among the urban middle class of Vietnam; articles on the concept of co-creation and participatory design; and during her postdoctoral research she has published articles on participatory design and dealing with sustainability transitions in cities.


  • 2017
    PhD dissertation, Delft University of Technology. Title: Sustainable food by design
  • 2012
    MSc Strategic Product design, Delft University of Technology. Thesis title: Terracotta in Transition.
  • 2008-2009
    Electives (i.e. Product Service Systems), Disegno Industriale, Politecnico di Milano.
  • 2009
    BSc Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology. 
  • 2005
    Lingua e cultura Italiana, Universita per Stranieri di Perugia. 


  • Since 2018
    Assistant Professor of Design for Sustainability, Department of Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2016-2018
    Postdoctoral Researcher for Participatory City Making, Department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology / DRIFT, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Rotterdam.
  • 2012-2016
    PhD researcher for GetGreen Vietnam, Department of Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2011
    Business plan developer, Share Square, YesDelft.
  • 2011
    Intern at Volkswagen Service Innovation Team, Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 2010-2011
    Intern at Bax & Willems Consulting Venturing, Barcelona, Spain. 

Field of research

    • Service design
    • Systems design
    • Behavioural change for sustainable Innovation
    • Transition Management
    • Participatory Design
    • Co-creation
    • Designing for Sustainable Food

Lectures and/or coaches students on

    • Design for Sustainability
    • Food and Design
    • Designing for Transitions
    • Systemic Design

Involved in research projects


Sustainable Food by Design

Jotte de Koning
ISBN: 978 90 6562 407 9

Published in 2017

Co-design and Sustainable Food in Vietnam

Jotte de Koning
ISBN: 978 90 9029 806 1

Published in 2017