MSc. Esnaf Uslu, P.

Pelin is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. She conducts her research within the VICI project 'Design for mood Regulation'. 

Academic Background

Pelin studied Industrial Product Design in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul.

She moved to the Netherlands in 2016 to start her master education in the Design for Interaction programme, TU Delft. She worked on her research internship project about mood & sleep, in which she found the products involved in mood regulation activities. Then, for her graduation project, she developed a tool to improve the empathic abilities of design students. 

In 2019, she started to work on her PhD project within the Design for Mood Regulation project. Driven by the curiosity to explore how interpersonal communications can be improved, Pelin works on both mood and empathy in a slightly different context; in service encounters. She is currently exploring the role of mood in service encounters and aims to improve the interaction between the service providers and their clients with mood-sensitivity.


  • 2019 – Present
    PhD Candidate in VICI Design for Mood Regulation Project, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2016 – 2018
    MSc. (Cum Laude) Design for Interaction, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2011– 2015
    BSc. Industrial Product Design, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul – Turkey
  • 2014
    Exchange Program in Industrie Design, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, Germany
  • 2006 – 2011
    Lycee Saint Benoit d'Istanbul, Turkey


  • 2019 – Present
    PhD Candidate, Delft University of Technology
  • 2019 – Present
    Teaching Assistant, Delft University of Technology
  • 2017 – 2018
    Student Assistant, Delft University of Technology
  • 2017
    Research Intern, Delft University of Technology, Delft Institute of Positive Design
  • 2015 – 2016
    Freelance Graphic Designer

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Design for Emotion
  • Master Graduation Projects

Involved in the research project(s):