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Jotte de Koning is assistant professor of Design for Sustainability Transitions at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Jotte conducts research on the intersection of the fields of design for sustainability and systems thinking. She studies how design and designers can contribute to the societal challenges of our time; or, in other words, how to change complex systems through design. These systems are for example the agrofood system, the energy system or cities as complex systems. Her expertise lies in strategic design, service design, behavioural change, transition management and sustainable innovation. And, she is always on the lookout to make food part of her research topics. 

Jotte is an Industrial and Strategic Design Engineer by education. She has a background in different (design) fields and experience in working in different countries. This is reflected in her interest in interdisciplinary and inter-cultural projects. 

Jotte obtained a PhD at the Delft University of Technology on Sustainable Food by Design (2017). During her four years of doctoral research she focused on co-creation between citizens and food initiatives in urban Vietnam. Together with local partners in Vietnam she developed, tested and applied co-creation methods to contribute to a more sustainable consumption pattern. The relevance and potential of collaborative and creative processes for sustainability transitions is still a central theme in her research activities.

Jotte has published articles on sustainable consumption behaviour; on co-creation; on participatory design for sustainability transitions in cities and on the circular economy.


  • 2017
    PhD, Delft University of Technology. Thesis: Sustainable food by design
  • 2012
    MSc Strategic Product design, Delft University of Technology.
    Thesis: Terracotta in Transition
  • 2008 – 2009
    Electives (i.e. Product Service Systems), Disegno Industriale, Politecnico di Milano
  • 2009
    BSc Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology


  • 2018 – present
    Assistant Professor of Design for Sustainability, Department of Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2016 – 2018
    Postdoctoral Researcher DRIFT, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Rotterdam / Department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology
  • 2012 – 2016
    PhD researcher for GetGreen Vietnam, Department of Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Field of research

  • Service design
  • Systemic design
  • Behavioural change for sustainable Innovation
  • Transition Management
  • Participatory Design
  • Co-creation
  • Designing for Sustainable Food

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Design for Sustainability
  • Food and Design
  • Designing for Transitions
  • Systemic Design

Involved in research projects


Sustainable Food by Design

Jotte de Koning
ISBN: 978 90 6562 407 9

Published in 2017

Co-design and Sustainable Food in Vietnam

Jotte de Koning
ISBN: 978 90 9029 806 1

Published in 2017