Dr. ir. Valeria Pannunzio

Valeria Pannunzio is an Assistant Professor in Health Systems Design within the Design, Organisation and Strategy (DOS) of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE). Her research and education work revolves around the transformation of health systems towards increased efficiency and resilience, with particular attention to digital transformation.

Valeria is currently working as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge as part of Cambridge Public Health. She will be returning to Delft from June 2024 onwards.

Academic Background

Valeria obtained her PhD from TU Delft in 2023 with a thesis focused on the use of data in digital health design. During her PhD, she mentored seven master graduation projects in the health domain, developed and coordinated a new master elective course called Health Systems Transformation, and obtained two grants to further her research work. Before her PhD, she worked for two years as a Service Designer at Philips Experience Design, developing propositions in intensive care, remote monitoring, and cardiology.


  • 2018 – 2023
    PhD, Industrial Design, Thesis: Towards a convergent approach to the use of data in digital health design, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2014 – 2016
    Master of Science in Design for Interaction, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2011 – 2014
    Bachelor degree in Industrial Product Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


  • 2023 ─ now
    University of Cambridge

    Research Associate, working on interdisciplinary research projects across the Engineering Design Centre and Cambridge Public Health.
    2016 ─ 2018
    Philips Experience Design

    Service Designer. Conducted user research, developed service concepts, fostered internal
    ventures, and partnered with external clinical partners in innovation projects.

Lectures/Coaches students on:

Mentoring graduation projects in the CardioLab

Involved in the research project(s):