Dr. Singh, A.

Abhigyan Singh is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. His trans-disciplinary research explores the mutual convergence of design, anthropology, and energy studies.

Academic Background

Abhigyan Singh is an Assistant Professor at the Human-Centered Design department of TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. With a background in new media design, anthropology, and IT engineering, his research examines emergent and future energy systems and services. His research makes theoretical, conceptual, and methodological contributions to the fields of design anthropology and energy studies.

His research has been supported by various awards and grants, such as the WWNA Apply Award (2021) by the European Association of Social Anthropologists’ Applied Anthropology Network, Delft Design for Values (DDfV) Subsidy (2019), Design United’s Demonstrator Grant (2017), and Delft Global Seed Fund (2017). His design research has been exhibited at diverse venues such as Dutch Design Week (2017) and CUMULUS 20th Anniversary Exhibition (‘Young Creators for Better City & Better Life’) in Shanghai, China (2010).

Before entering academia, he used to work as a User-Interface Designer at Infosys Technologies Limited in India. As part of his professional designer role, he has worked on the various user experience design aspects of IT applications for multinational clients such as Bank of America, Kmart & Sears (USA), ABN-AMRO Bank, BNSF Railways (USA), and Pfizer.


  • 2019
    PhD, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • 2010
    Master of Arts in New Media Design, Aalto University School of Art, Design, and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2005
    Bachelor of Technology in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), India


  • 2021 – present
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • 2020 – 2021
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
  • 2019 – 2020
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • 2019
    Guest Researcher, Cybersecurity Group, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (EEMCS), TU Delft
  • 2018
    Researcher, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • 2012 – 2013
    Scientific Programmer, Parallel & Distributed Systems Group, EEMCS, TU Delft
  • 2012
    Research Intern, IBM Research India
  • 2011 – 2012
    Scientific Programmer, Multimedia Information Retrieval Lab, EEMCS, TU Delft
  • 2009
    Usability Researcher, Crucible Studio Research Group, Aalto University, Finland
  • 2008
    Research Assistant, ARKI Research Group, Aalto University, Finland
  • 2005 - 2007
    User Interface Designer, Infosys Technologies Ltd., Bangalore, India



  • Design Anthropology
  • Ethnography
  • Energy Research
  • Visual Research Methods (participatory mapping, photography, and videography)

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