Dr. mr. Onencan, A.M.


Dr. Abby Muricho Onencan is postdoctoral researcher at the TU Delft, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Her research field is Design for Sustainability, in particular the development of tools and methods to support systems engineering and catalyze social change. She is currently involved in the NWO ENRGISED (ENgaging Residents in Green energy Investments through Social networks, complExity, and Design) project. The project focus is social contagion of decision making - how people are influenced by others in their networks to switch to renewable energy sources. 

Her second research expertise is system-oriented design (SOD), with a keen interest in collaborative systems mapping, scenario development and design of policy games. Abby holds a PhD in 'systems engineering', which she obtained in June 2019 while working  at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM).


  • 2014 ─ 2019
    PhD in Systems Engineering, Delft University of Technology
    Thesis: Institutional Change through Social Learning
  • 2007 ─ 2010
    MSc. Education for Sustainability, London South Bank University


  • 2020
    External thesis supervisor, Radboud University, Nijmegen School of Management
    Supervised ten students on the themes: AI-human hybrid intelligence and social learning
  • 2018 ─ 2020
    Researcher / Postdoctoral researcher, Delft University of Technology
    Project: EU Improving disaster risk reduction in Transcarpathian region, Ukraine (ImProDiReT) 
    Developed a community-based risk evaluation approach (CREA) for the Solotvyno municipality, a risk evaluation decision-aiding methodology (RED-M), and a prototype flood risk preparedness mobile app for the Tysa river basin.
  • 2018 ─ 2019
    Researcher, Delft University of Technology
    Project: H2020 Integrated system for real-time TRACKing Project (iTRACK). 
    Designed the iTRACK policy handbook for the DRM institutions that work in high conflict zones.
  • 2013 ─ 2014
    Team Leader, Nile Basin Discourse (NBD), Uganda
    Project: NBD Cooperation on International Waters in Africa (CIWA)/World Bank (WB) Project, 2013 - 2016
  • 2010 – 2013
    Team Leader, Nile Basin Discourse (NBD), Uganda
    Project: DFID programme Strengthening Civil society Engagement in Nile cooperation and Development. Implemented in 11 states – Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan (formerly part of Sudan), Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
  • 2007 – 2009
    Technical Adviser (TA), EU/EDF and the Ministry of Local Government in Kenya
    Programme: TA to the Programme Management Unit of EU/EDF-funded Rural Poverty Reduction and Local Government Support Programme in the Ministry of Local Government in Kenya.
  • 2006 – 2007
    Technical Adviser (TA), UNDP and the Office of the President in Kenya
    Programme: Transformative Leadership Programme for Coordinating all Public Sector Reforms and Mainstreaming Results Based Management (RBM) in the Public Service. 
  • 2001 – 2005
    Program manager, UNDP Kenya (UNV) and the National Council of NGOs
  • 2001
    Eligibility Officer, UNHCR
  • 2000
    Business Law lecturer, KCA University

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Engineering for Policy Analysis (EPA) MSc graduation project

Involved in the research project(s):