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.Conny Bakker, Professor of Design Methodology for Sustainability and Circular Economy
DiCEThe healthcare industry is a major producer of global CO2 emissions, material waste and other pollution. With the use of digital health devices predicted to grow 20 per cent by 2027, the European Union has developed sixteen ethical principles for digital health, four of which focus on environmental sustainability. How can we use design to shape a more sustainable digital healthcare industry?
RePlanItInformation and Communication Technology hardware (e.g. laptops and data servers) is typically only used for an average of three to four years before being thrown out. The ICT sector currently contributes to 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. This impact is mainly generated in the production phase of the equipment. In addition, IT hardware utilizes many critical materials.Extracting these raw materials produces a lot of CO2 but the recycling rates of these materials is close to zero. There needs to be a more sustainabel solution to using ICT products.
TULIPSThere is an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, aviation generates 14% of the EU's greenhouse gasses from transportation. Thus airports can play a major role in making aviation climate neutral. This includes addressing CO2 emissions by enabling shifts in travel modes (e.g. replacing short-haul flights by rail), using lower-emission aircrafts, and reducing the amount of material waste exiting airports.
LICHEN-BLADESWhile they contribute to the growth of renewable energy, wind turbines also contribute to landfill waste and emissions upon decommissioning. The blades of these turbines are especially difficult to recycle because they are made from composite materials. With an average life span of 25 years and the continuous growth of wind energy, it is estimated that 325,000 tonnes of wind turbine blade waste will be produced annually in Europe until 2050. This unsustainable material sourcing and waste problem needs to be tackled with transdisciplinary strategies that take the end-of-life of the blades into consideration from the design stages.
Safe-by-DesignExposure to hazardous substances and substances of concern can have negative consequences on both human health and the environment. Moreover, designing a product with circularity in mind can increase its level of complexity, as it involves different approaches to prolonging the life-cycle of a product. This can lead to new pathways that allow substances to be released or exposed (e.g. end-of-life treatments, product re-use in other contexts, prolonged degradation). Therefore, product design should ensure that the release of or the exposure to these substances throughout the lifecycle of products is eliminated.
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.
The Operator of the FutureMany companies in the manufacturing industry are already transitioning towards a digital, smart industry paradigm, and more will do so in the near future. This transition will have a great impact on production processes and on the people who are part of these processes. Newly adopted technologies will increase the demand for employees with the necessary knowledge and skills. The Operator of the Future project addresses this challenge and aims to contribute to a ‘smart’ collaboration between humans and technology.
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.
RELEASEThe energy transition is one of the most significant societal challenges of the coming decades. It requires a profound transformation of the power sector, the industry sector, the mobility sector, agriculture and the built environment. Decarbonization of these sectors can only be achieved by extensive electrification, based on renewable sources instead of fossil sources.
Designing Rhythms for Social Resilience (DRSR)The Designing Rhythms for Social Resilience (DRSR) project explores rhythm as a new methodology for policy-making, which aims to enhance the sharing of culture and increase the social resilience of neighbourhoods. This project investigates how people process their life experiences within cities and examines how these experiences are increasingly being documented with urban data. Through the participation of residents, civil servants and creative industries, we are able to analyse physical and digital data rhythms in Amsterdam.
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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
Ir. Bluemink, R.G.H.Lecturer
Section Management and Organisation. Expertise: Innovation Management, Design Strategy, Design Engineering, Project Risk Management, Lean Project Planning
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. 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
Dr. Celik, SAssistant Professor of Network-driven Systemic Change. Expertise: Design for systemic change, Social dynamics, Network analysis.
Dr. Champlin, C. J.Carissa Champlin is an Assistant Professor of Participatory Design in the Department of Human-Centered Design at TU Delft.
Dr. ir. Dam, S.S. vanAssistant Professor
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
Dr. Egmond, R. vanAssociate Professor. Expertise: Informational Ergonomics, Product Sound Design & Perception, Interaction Design, Research Methodologies, Data Analysis & Visualization
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. Hende, E.A. van denAssistant 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. 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
Dr. Ir. Joustra, J.J.Postdoc. Design strategies for composite materials in a Circular Economy. 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
Conceptualization and Communication. Expertise: Sustainable living, Sustainable work, Social contextual interaction design, Interactive technology design, Smart products, Smart environments
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
Prof. dr. Kortuem, G.Professor of Internet of Things. Expertise: Internet of Things, Intelligent Systems, Data-Centric Design, Smart Cities
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. Miao, X.PhD candidate. Expertise: Sustainable consumer behaviour and circular packaging systems.
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 of Design for Social Transformations. 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
MSc. Peeters, A.L.PhD candidate ‘Designing the Protein Shift’. Expertise: Transition Design, Systemic Design, Behaviour Change, Sustainability, Reframing, Design Methodology.
Prof. dr. Pont, S.C.Professor
Human Information Communication Design. Expertise: Lighting Design, Ecological optics, Experimental psychology, Perceptual intelligence
Dr. Psyllidis, A.Assistant Professor of Location Intelligence, Department Sustainable Design Engineering. Expertise: Location Intelligence, Urban Analytics, Spatial Data Science, Geographic Information Retrieval, Spatial Analysis, Spatial Planning
Dr. ir. Romero Herrera, N.A.Associate professor
Design Contextualization and Communication. Expertise: Design for self-management, Data practices, eHealth, Sustainability
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. 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
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.Associate Professor
Advanced Manufacturing. Expertise: Geometric and physical modelling, Computational fabrication, Design optimization, Surgical simulation, Computer haptics