Dr. ir. Diehl, J.C.

J.C. Diehl is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Jan Carel Diehl M.Sc. (1969) after finishing his study in Industrial Design Engineering he worked several years as consultant in Ecodesign. In his present position he is assistant professor for the Design for Sustainability (DfS) program at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Within the DfS program he is managing the international projects on sustainable product innovation especially in emerging markets. The main focus of his research is the know-how transfer and implementation of sustainable product innovation into an international context. In addition his research has a special interest in cultural differences in product design and developing products for the so called ‘Base of the Pyramid (BoP)’. Next to his position at the TU Delft he is consultant for UNIDO and UNEP and invited lecturer at several international universities. He is co-author of the UNEP Design for Sustainability (D4S) manual for Developing Economies (D4S EE).


Master degree in Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology

Specialisation / field of research

  • Design for Sustainability
  • Design for the Base of the Pyramid
  • Design for Cultural Differences 

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

ID 4050 Internationalization

Involved in the research project(s):

The Power of Design

Angele Reinders, Jan Carel Diehl and Han Brezet
ISBN: 978 11 1830 867 7

Published in 2012