Drs. Colenberg, S.E.

Susanne Colenberg is a PhD candidate working in the IDStudioLab at the Department of Human-Centered Design, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Susanne holds a research master's degree in Social and Organizational Psychology (Leiden University, 1996) and a design bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture (Royal Academy of Arts, 2009). She integrates both disciplines in research, consultancy and teaching on environmental psychology - in particular in relation to the work environment and aiming at enhancing user wellbeing. 

After more than twenty years as a researcher and consultant, she embraced the opportunity to deepen her knowledge and research skills by doing a PhD. Led by her fascination for the impact of space on human experience and behaviour, and her desire to help improve work environments, she focuses her research on positive workplace design. How does interior office space influence social interactions, relationships at work and feelings of belonging, and how could design enhance this social wellbeing?


  • 2004 ─ 2009
    BDes Interior Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague
  • 1990 ─ 1996
    MSc Social & Organizational Psychology, Leiden University


  • 2016 ─ 2019
    Workplace researcher, Center for People and Buildings, Delft
  • 2012 ─ Present
    Self-employed consultant and teacher environmental psychology for the built environment
  • 2011
    Researcher/consultant interior architecture, Central Government Real Estate Agency
  • 1999 ─ 2010
    Researcher/project manager policy and organizational research, Municipality of The Hague
  • 1997 ─ 1999
    Researcher, Research voor Beleid BV

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Research methodology
  • Environmental psychology

Susanne Colenberg

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