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Natascha van der Velden is researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Natascha M. van der Velden (1969) is an industrial design engineer, educated at the Delft University of Technology. Before the turn of the millenium, Van der Velden worked as a product manager in the fashion industry and the graphical industry. In this position, she gained experience in managing complex, commercial, product development and manufacturing processes, which has been valuable for her further career as an independent entrepreneur but also towards the title of Doctor of Philosophy.

When Rotterdam became the European Capital of Culture in 2001, Van der Velden left the industrial sector and entered into the cultural sector as an independent design consultant, initiating and managing artistic, literary and design projects. During these activities, she also carried out (textile) product development projects with several reputable design agencies. All her work has always been in close connection and cooperation with (combinations from) the creative, design and fashion disciplines.

Since 2010, Van der Velden has been an author of several publications on fashion and sustainability; among others, a course book for fashion entrepreneurs, project reports and scientific papers. She has been presenting her scientific work at symposia, conferences, exhibitions and other events and giving lessons and workshops about this subject at companies, universities and other educations. 

Since the beginning of her PhD, Van der Velden has been working on projects about the sustainability of textiles, with several affiliates from the network she established during her research. Alongside the project based work, Van der Velden also teaches on ecodesign and LCSA (life cycle sustainability assessment) of textiles, products and service systems, and has many ideas about new research and possible publications.

Her ambition is to support and accelerate the information transfer about the sustainability of fashion and textiles between the scientific community, designers, consumers, governments and business practice.


  • 2013 – 2016
    PhD Candidate Design for Sustainability, Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2010 – 2013
    Preparatory period for doctoral programme at the Delft University of Technology
  • 1987 – 1994
    Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology Ir. degree / M.Sc.Eng


  • 2000 – present
    Many cooperations with compagnies, institutes and educations as an independent entrepreneur; lecturer, project manager, consultant, designer
  • 2017 –  2018
    Cooperation with Chalmers University in a project about smart textiles
  • 2016 – 2019 
    Assignment for Fur Europe and the International Fur Federation with, among others, Aarhuus University
  • 2016 – 2017
    Climate-KIC Accelerator project "Textile Waste as a Resource" together with Dutch Spirit and TUSTI high tech recycling 
  • 2011 – 2016
    Combining (results and conclusions from) Ph.D. research with practice based assignments
  • 2011 – 2014
    FP7 project `'LCA to go' in cooperation with Vienna University of Technology, Fraunhofer IZM and others
  • 2011 –  2012
    Cooperation with Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development
    Utrecht University for DuPont USA
  • 2001 – 2010
    Initiating and organising (large scale) cultural events, such as design exhibitions, theatre and literature festivals
  • 1997 – 2000
    Product manager design and production
    Stationery Team Europe B.V., Leiderdorp
  • 1994 – 1997
    Director buying department, leading 5fte
    Lobatto Fashion B.V., Amsterdam

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Environmental science & design engineering
  • (Fashion) design for sustainability
  • Smart textiles
  • Material and textile science & innovation
  • Circular (textile) design

Secondary employment

Member of the Design Advisory Committee of the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Dutch cultural fund for architecture, design and digital culture

Involvement in (research) projects


Making Fashion Sustainable – The Role of Designers

Natascha M. van der Velden
ISBN: 978 94 6186 754 4

Published in 2016