Planet Earth’s ecosystems are under great strain. The global population is growing rapidly and our climate is changing.
Pollution, the depletion of resources, and overconsumption are just some of the issues that we face. Governments and NGOs are responding to these global challenges with sustainability goals and political commitments. Design research has a role to play here too. By developing technological and social innovations which disrupt the status quo, design can be a catalyst for systemic change.
Sustainability research at Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) focuses on how individuals and organisations can produce and consume sustainably. Our researchers take a human-centred approach to understanding and exploring sustainable production and consumption patterns. We set-up real-life interventions to optimise systems that make better use of resources and minimise waste. We explore new circular business models and create guidelines for design professionals. Our aim is to help organisations develop sustainable products and services.
Design like there's a climate crisis.
Professor of Design Methodology for Sustainability and Circular Economy
Design like there's a climate crisis.
Professor of Design Methodology for Sustainability and Circular Economy
ReCiPSSHow can we create circular products and services that are attractive to users? And how can we help designers develop products that are remanufacturable and fully circular? This what the EU project ReCiPSS explores by looking into the success factors for circular business models. Two large-scale pilots, one automotive and one white goods, are in development through close collaboration with Bosch and Gorenje.
EnergeWith the ageing of the existing post-primary school building stock there is a need for low-cost solutions that enable long-term resource efficiency in schools and reduced greenhouse gas emission (GHG). Building energy directives and climate actions to 2020 – 2030 by the European Union underpin this necessity. ENERGE addresses this need using targeted physical interventions that combine a data-enabled platform and building sensors with behavioural and social studies as well as new educational approaches that enable schools engage in energy and GHG mitigation.
TRANSFORM-CEDesign researchers from TU Delft work together with the municipalities of Almere and Manchester to investigate how to increase the recycling rate of single use plastic (through injection-extrusion moulding and 3D printing), as well as to enhance uptake of recycled plastics by business and consumers.
PROMPTWaste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has become one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU. Lengthening products lifetime can help reduce this waste. The PROMPT project, a H2020 project funded by the European Commission, aims to tackle this issue by preventing premature obsolescence.
ENRGISEDThe Netherlands’ commitment to discontinue natural gas use by 2050 requires the cooperation of 7 million households. Technologically, the solutions are already there. You can install an all-electric heat pump, heat grids can be built, solar panels can be installed, and there are more options. However, many people do not know how to choose, what to choose, or when to switch, and are waiting for others to take the first steps.
SHAREPAIRHow do we stimulate people to repair their devices, instead of throwing them away? How can we make repair easier and more attractive? In the European Interreg project SHAREPAIR, design researchers from TU Delft work together with neighborhood repair cafés to find answers to these questions, especially investigating how 3D printing can facilitate repair.
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An ecosystem perspective on circularityMaking the transition towards a Circular Economy is so complex and full of interdependencies that no single company or actor can achieve it alone. In his PhD thesis, Jan Konietzko proposed that getting there will require a collective approach: business innovation using an ecosystem perspective.
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Prof. dr. ir. Bakker, C.A.Professor of Design Methodology for Sustainability and Circular Economy. Expertise: Design for sustainability, Design for circular economy, Design methodology
Prof. dr. Balkenende, A.R.Professor of Circular Product Design. Expertise: Circular product design, Design for Sustainability, Life cycle management
MSc. Beek, E. vanPhD candidate, Service and Product Innovation. Expertise: Product Service Systems, Participatory Design, Energy Studies, Heat Pumps, Data in Innovation, Intelligent Systems, Organisational Design, Buildings.
Ir. Berge, R.B.R. van denPhD candidate, Design, Organisation and Strategy, Marketing and Consumer Behaviour. Expertise: Sustainable Consumer Behavior, Circular Economy, Circular Product Design, Product Longevity, Design for Repair
Dr. Dipl. - Des. Boess, S.U.Assistant Professor
Design for Interaction. Expertise: Design thinking and doing tools, Meaning in everyday system use, Health (ageing), mobility and ict in urban environments
Dr. ir. Boon, M.J.B.Postdoctoral researcher. Expertise: Design, food and seasonality, Research through design, Design for children’s play
Ir. Boorsma, N.E.PhD Candidate, Design for Remanufacturing. Expertise: Remanufacturing, Design for Remanufacturing, Strategic Product Design, Circular economy, Sustainability
Dr. ir. Bos-de Vos, M.Assistant Professor
Design, Organisation and Strategy. Expertise: Business model design, Digital innovation, Value co-creation, Value capture, Professional identity, Project management
Dr. ir. Bourgeois, J.Assistant Professor
Internet of Things. Expertise: Personal Internet of Things Data, Participatory analysis and design, Supportive and user-centered systems, Sustainability and renewable energy
Em. Prof. dr. ir. Brezet, J.C.Emeritus Professor
Department Design Engineering, section Design for Sustainability
MSc. Brown, P.PhD candidate
Circular Product Design. Expertise: Circular Product Design, Collaboration, Business Models, Sustainable Business models, Circular Business models
Dr. ir. Van Dam, S.S.Post-doctoral Researcher
Circular Product Design. Expertise: Home Energy Management Systems, Domestic Energy Consumption, Design for Behaviour Change, Circular product design, Usability & co-creation
MSc. ir. Dangal, S.PhD candidate, Design Engineering, Circular Product Design. Expertise: Circular Product Design, Design for Repair, Aviation, Seat Design, Comfort
Dr. ir. Diehl, J.C.Associate Professor
Design for Sustainability. Expertise: Design for Sustainability, Design for the Base of the Pyramid, Design for Cultural Differences
Dr. ir. Doubrovski, E.L.Assistant Professor
Design Engineering. Expertise: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Design methods for Additive Manufacturing, Multi-material Additive Manufacturing, 3D printed customised products
MSc. D’Olivo, P.PhD candidate
Industrial Design. Expertise: Social-ecological approach in HCI, Healthcare and Psychosocial Development, Communication, Object with Intent, Material selection
Dr. Egmond, R. vanAssociate Professor. Expertise: Product sound design & perception, Cognitive ergonomics, Research Methodology, Data analysis & visualisation
Prof. dr. ir. Engelen, J.M.L. vanProfessor of Integrated Sustainable Solutions. Expertise: Business and organisation development, Integrated sustainable solutions, Design for sustainability
Dr. Faludi, J.Assistant Professor, LEED AP BD+C. Expertise: Sustainable Design Methods, Design for Circular Economy, Green 3D Printing
Dr. ir. Flipsen, S.F.J.Lecturer
Industrial Design Engineering. Expertise: Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Thinking and Design, Repair, Remanufacture and Redesign/-think, Quantitative conceptual design, System modeling
Em. Prof. dr. ir. Geraedts, J.M.P.Professor of New Mechatronic Design. Expertise: Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, Human-Robot interaction, Fine Arts
Dr. Ghodrat, S.Assistant professor, Design Engineering. Expertise:Shape Morphing Objects with Shape Memory Materials, Mechanics of Materials Testing and Characterization Techniques, Additive Manufacturing
MSc. Goss, H.PhD Candidate, Designing for Food Waste Reduction. Expertise: Social Design, Transition Design, Food Waste, Design for Behaviour Change.
Dr. ir. van den Hende, E.A.Assistant professor
Product Innovation Management. Expertise: New Product Innovations, Concept and prototype testing, Storytelling, Marketing
Prof. dr. Hultink, H.J.Professor of New Product Marketing, Head of Product Innovation Management Department. Expertise: Launch strategies, New product performance, Time to market strategies for new industrial products, IT usage, New product effectiveness, Organizing for new product development
Dr. Huysmans, T.Assistant professor
Applied Ergonomics and Design. Expertise: 3D anthropometry, Physical ergonomics, Biomedical image processing, Biomedical geometry processing
Dr. Jamsin, E.Assistant professor
Design for Sustainability. Expertise: Circular economy and sustainability, Computational models of complex systems, Systemic design, Internet of Things
Dr. ir. Jansen, A.J.Lecturer
Design Engineering. Expertise: Sports, Sports Innovation, Human powered energy systems
Dr. ir. Jaskiewicz, T.J.Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Industrial Design. Expertise: Design methodology, Highly iterative design processes, Design Tornado model, Interactive Prototyping, Smart buildings, Smart cities
Ir. Joustra, J.J.PhD candidate
Circular Product Design. Expertise: Composite materials, Circular Product Design
Prof. dr. Karana, E.Professor of Materials Innovation and Design. Expertise: Materials Design, Emerging Materials, Material driven design, bio-based materials, Materials experience.
Prof. dr. Keyson, D.Professor of Conceptualization and Communication. Expertise: Sustainable living, Sustainable work, Social contextual interaction design, Interactive technology design, Smart products, Smart environments
Dr. ir. Kobus, C.B.AResearcher
Product Innovation Management. Expertise: Innovation management, Design for sustainable and efficient households, Collaboration in innovation
MSc. Konietzko, J.C.PhD candidate
Circular business model design. Expertise: Circular economy, Business model design, Business model experimentation
Dr. ir. Koning, J.I.J.C. deAssistant Professor
Design for Sustainability. Expertise: Service design, Systemic design, Behavioural change for sustainable Innovation, Transition Management, Participatory Design, Co-creation, Designing for Sustainable Food
Drs. Koreman, G.J.E.PhD candidate
Product Innovation Management. Expertise: Procurement, Best Value Performance, Organisational procurement Efficiency
Prof. dr. Kortuem, G.Professor of Internet of Things. Expertise: Internet of Things, Intelligent Systems, Data-Centric Design, Smart Cities
Dr. Kranzbühler, A.-M.Assistant Professor, Product Innovation Management. Expertise: Customer experience, Customer journey, Emotions in consumer decision making, Meta-analysis
MSc. Loth, M.PhD candidate
Applied Ergonomics and Design. Expertise: Sanitation, Hygiene, Toilets, Train toilets, Observational research, Mock-up testing
Dr. Magnier, L.B.M.Assistant Professor
Consumer Research. Expertise: Consumer behaviour, Marketing, Sustainability, Packaging
MSc. Meijer, S.A.PhD candidate
Design for Sustainability. Expertise: Resilience of the built environment, Social sustainability of the built environment
Dr. ir. Molenbroek, J.F.M.Associate Professor
Applied Ergonomics. Expertise: Anthropometrics, Inclusive design, Ergonomics, Human factors, Product safety, 3D scanning, Digital Human Modeling (DHM), Usability
Prof. dr. ir. Mugge, R.Professor of Design for Sustainable Consumer Behavior. Expertise: Sustainability, Product perception, Product appearance, Product attachment, Product-service systems
Dr. Mulder, I.J.Associate Professor
Industrial Design. Expertise: Transformative design, Social design, Design methodology, Design for change, Design for transition
MSc. Oudheusden, A.A. vanPhD Candidate, Circular Product Design. Expertise: Product repair, 3D Printing & Scanning, Sustainability & Energy.
Dr. ir. Pauw, I.C. deLecturer
Design Engineering. Expertise: Sustainable product development, Cradle to Cradle, Biomimicry, Ecodesign, Circular Product Design
Dr. ir. Pohlmeyer, A.E.Assistant professor
Industrial design. Expertise: Design for happiness, User experience, User-centered design, Human-technology interaction, Intuitive use of user interfaces, User involvement in early product development, Ageing
Prof. dr. Pont, S.C.Professor
Human Information Communication Design. Expertise: Lighting Design, Ecological optics, Experimental psychology, Perceptual intelligence
Dr. ir. Poppelaars, F.A.PhD candidate, Design Engineering, Design for Sustainability: Design for circular economy, Access-based consumption, Collection, Design for behavioural change
MSc. Pozo Arcos, B.PhD candidate
Design Engineering. Expertise: Circular Product Design, Design for Repair, Fault Diagnosis
Dr. arch. Puerari, E.PhD candidate
Design Engineering, Design for Sustainability. Expertise: Urban Planning, Governance Models, Transition Management, Urban Sustainability Transition, Urban Public Service Innovation, Community Participation in Planning
Dr. ir. Romero Herrera, N.A.Associate professor
Design Contextualization and Communication. Expertise: Design for self-management, Data practices, eHealth, Sustainability
MSc. Sauerwein, M.PhD candidate
Additive Manufacturing for Design in a Circular Economy. Expertise: Circular economy, Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, Product design, Materials
Dr. ir. Schifferstein, H.N.J.Associate Professor (Design Aesthetics)
Industrial Design Engineering. Expertise: Taste perception, Food design, Multisensory perception and integration, Smell perception, Product experience, Research methodology
Ir. Schuffelers, R.J.G.Lecturer, Industrial Design. Expertise: Design for social impact, Educational design, Creativity, Teamwork
Dr. ir. Silvester, S.Associate Professor
Industrial Design. Expertise: Sustainable Mobility, Electric Mobility, Design Inclusive Research, Research by Design, Design for Sustainability, System Innovations, Product Service Systems
MA. Singh, A.Assistant Professor, Design Conceptualization and Communication. Expertise: Design Anthropology, Energy Studies, Ethnography, Visual Methods, Economic Anthropology.
Dr. ir. Tempelman, E.Associate Professor
Design Engineering. Expertise: Materials, manufacturing and more, Structures, Manufacturing methods, Lightweight design, Manufacturing and design, Smart materials, Design for recycling
Ir. Thomassen, E.W.Lecturer
Design Engineering. Expertise: Integrated product design and engineering, Design vision, Functional analysis, Mechanics, Technical creativity in concept development, Sustainability, Communication with suppliers and clients
MSc. Tunn. V.S.C.PhD candidate
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow. Expertise: Circular economy, Sustainable business models, Sustainable Consumption, Consumer behaviour
Dr. Verma, H.Assistant Professor of Human-AI Collaboration. Expertise: Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Social Cognition, Pervasive Sensing, Computer Supported Collaborative Work.
Prof. ir. Voûte, M.A.Dean of the faculty Industrial Design Engineering. Expertise: Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Teamwork, Multidisciplinary designing, Social structures
Dr. ir. Wu, J.Assistant Professor
Advanced Manufacturing. Expertise: Geometric and physical modelling, Computational fabrication, Design optimization, Surgical simulation, Computer haptics