Dr. Mulder, I.J.

Ingrid Mulder is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Ingrid Mulder is an expert in transformative and social design. As part of her previous readership in Rotterdam, she has initiated the first Fablab in Rotterdam as well as the Rotterdam Open Data movement. She also founded Creating010, a trans-disciplinary design-inclusive research centre enabling citizens, students, and creative industry making the future of Rotterdam. Since 2007 she chairs the research program Meaningful Design in the Connected City, which connects research and education in both Delft and Rotterdam. Her background is in Policy and Organization Sciences (MA, University of Tilburg) and Behavioral Sciences (PhD, University of Twente). In 2005, she headed the evaluation of the first Dutch living lab, “Kenniswijk”, currently known as Brainport Eindhoven. Ever since, she has been involved in the interplay between top-down policy and planning with bottom- up participatory innovation. As an expert for the European Commission on Internet of Things and Smart Cities, she advocates participatory bottom-up innovation as a means to empower people in driving social change.

Her on-going research has been awarded by two prestigious grants. Open4Citizens (Horizon2020) aims at empowering citizens to make meaningful use of open data. Participatory City Making (STW-RtD) considers the collaborative construction of new visions through small-scale experimenting as a way of triggering a process of broader change and transformation. The project elaborates upon the foundational project CRISP PSS-101 (NWO) she lead in 2011-2015, which developed methods and tools to improve the understanding of the networked nature of PSS development.


  • 2001 – 2004
    PhD, Faculty of Behaviour Science, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
  • 1994 –1998
    MA Policy and Organisation Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tilburg, Tilburg, the Netherlands


  • 2010 – present
    Expert Digital Social Innovation, Collaborative Awareness Platforms for Social Innovation and Sustainability, Internet of Things, and Smart Cities at European Commission, Brussel
  • 2009 – present
    Associate professor of design techniques, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 2009 – 2015
    Member of the Scientific Technology Council of SURF Foundation
  • 2007 – 2015
    Research professor Smart and Inclusive Society, Creating 010, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • 1998 – 2009
    Researcher digital social innovation, Telematica Instituut, Enschede, the Netherlands
  • 1997 – 1998
    Consultancy, KPMG Strategic Vision, Amstelveen, the Netherlands

Specialisation / Field of research

  • Transition Design: Transforming society – empowering people, driving social change
  • Making futures: Participatory design has always been about alternative futures
  • Urban Interaction Design: Participatory design moves beyond the workspace to public space
  • Co-creative partnerships: Multi-helix = triple helix + citizen (human centred) + participatory approach
  • Research through Design: Doing design as a collaborative process

Lectures / Coaches students on:

  • ID4250 Exploring Interactions (course coordinator and tutor)
  • ID5613 Prototyping for interaction and participation (tutor)
  • Coordinator Honours Programme IDE Masters (general lead, and coordinator DfI)
  • Chair and supervisor of Graduation Projects (MSc) (ID429x)
  • Co-promotor/ supervisor of PhD projects