Dr. Cardoso, C.M.

Assistant Professor
Product Innovation Management


Dr Carlos Cardoso is Assistant Professor of design theory and methodology. His research focuses on creative thinking in design, particularly on how different types of cognitive bias might inhibit creativity at individual and group levels. He uses quantitative and qualitative research methods in the assessment of creative performance and achievement, with a view to supporting creativity and innovation in educational and professional settings.

Carlos has a background in Industrial design and has worked as a usability consultant for several British design companies. He earned his Ph.D. in human-centred design from the Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge (UK), where he also conducted his post-doctoral research. Carlos has collaborated with other academic and industrial design partners, such is as the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins School of Design, the Design Council, Tangerine Product Design, IDEO, Philips, IKEA and TomTom. He is active with several organising committees at international design conferences, and chairing international workshops on design creativity research.

Carlos is particularly driven to challenge how creative thinking is steered in design-related fields and how new methods and applications might shape the future of research and education in interdisciplinary contexts.


  • 2014 - 2015
    University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2000 - 2005
    Ph.D. in Engineering Design, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1993 - 1998
    Dip. DES. (B.A. First Class, Hons.), Technical University of Lisbon 


  • 2011 - now
    Professional trainer (creativity, problem solving, group dynamics), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2007- now
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2005 - 2007
    Research Associate, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Usability consultant, United Kingdom

Specialisation / field of research

  • Creative Thinking
  • Creative Potential
  • Design Creativity Research
  • Design Theory and Methodology
  • Design Cognition
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Education
  • Reflection in design

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Design Theory and Methodology (course coordinator, lecturer and coach)
  • Creating in Project Teams (course coordinator, lecturer and coach)
  • Creative Facilitation (coach)
  • Group Dynamics in Design (course coordinator, lecturer and coach)
  • SPD Research project (research coach)
  • Fuzzy Front End (coach)
  • Joint Master Project (supervisor)
  • Becoming a Creative Researcher in Academia (professional trainer)
  • Problem‐solving and Decision‐making in research (professional trainer)
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Group Dynamics (professional trainer)
  • Graduation projects (master thesis, supervision)

Carlos Cardoso

"Carpe diem"


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Curriculum Vitae

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