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Ingrid de Pauw is a lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Ingrid specialises in sustainable product design, including circular product design and nature-inspired design.

Academic Background

Ingrid de Pauw studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (DUT) specialising in environmental product development. She has over 25 years of experience in sustainable product design and design-research projects, with a specialisation in design for the circular economy, biomimicry and cradle to cradle. In 2004, she co-founded design bureau IDEAL&CO in which she is currently partner. In 2015, she obtained a PhD degree from the DUT, for her research on Nature-Inspired Design. In this project, she investigated how and why strategies such as Biomimicry and Cradle to Cradle can help designers to develop sustainable products.


  • 2010 – 2015
    Delft University of Technology
    Doctorate Degree, thesis: ‘Nature-Inspired Design – Strategies for Sustainable Product Development’
  • 1988 – 1994
    Delft University of Technology
    MSc. Industrial Design Engineering (cum laude)


  • January 2010 – present
    Delft University of Technology
    Part-time lecturer in Sustainable & Circular Product Development
  • November 2019 - present
    Leiden University 
    External member Board of Examiners - Department of Industrial Ecology (CML-IE)
  • October 2004 – present
    Partner IDEAL&CO, Amsterdam - Sustainable & Circular product design
    Strategic development, Concept design, Product development, Acquisition, Project management
  • January 2010 – 2015
    Delft University of Technology
    PhD ‘Nature-Inspired Design Strategies for Product Development’.
    Researcher in Nature-Inspired Design project
  • July 2001 – October 2004
    Partner KIEM sustainable innovations - Consult on sustainable innovations
    Design engineering, Acquisition, Project management, Eco-analysis
  • January 1995 – July 2001
    Industrieel Ontwerpbureau de Pauw
    Consult and design
  • December 1994 – April 1995
    Wageningen Agricultural University, Dept. of Household and Consumer Studies
    Research on innovative techniques to dewater textile products

Lectures and/or coaches students on

Design for the Circular Economy, Sustainable Design Engineering (AED-SDE), Sustainable Design Strategies, Value sensitive design, Circular product design assessment.


Nature Inspired Design

Erik Tempelman, Bram van der Grinten, Ernst-Jan Mul, Ingrid de Pauw
ISBN: 978 94 6108 939 7
PDF available online

Published in 2015

Thesis: Nature-Inspired Design

Ingrid de Pauw
ISBN: 978 90 6562 386 7

Published in 2015