Prof. dr. Vink, P.

Professor of Environmental Ergonomics, Head of Design Engineering Department
Department Design Engineeringsection Applied Ergonomics and Design


His first job was at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, where he did research using questionnaires, EMG, posture recordings and biomechanics. After teaching antropobiology at a HBO-J and being policy maker at Arbouw (=an organisation improving the working conditions of construction workers) he started working at TNO.
At TNO he did setup new directions of research and leaded various groups and projects. He now works for more than 20 years research in the area of design of environments and systems. In his group projects were carried out in the field of participatory ergonomics (how and who to involve in a design process), productivity (assembly lines, office interiors) and comfort (hand tools, seats, aircraft interiors, vehicle interiors and improving working conditions).
Since 2013 Peter is professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and is working on interior design (including seats) and the effects on comfort experience, performance and health. He is in the editorial board of many scientific journals, chairing the jury of the Crystal Cabin Award (the most prestigious prize in aircraft interiors) and won the Hal W Hendrick Award in 2011, which is  for a non-U.S. citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the human factors/ergonomics field. 


  • Graduated at the Faculty of Movement Sciences, VU, Amsterdam.
  • PhD at the Medical Faculty of the University of Leiden on 'a biomechanical model of the lumbar back muscles'.
  • Several courses on management and design


Peter did write more than 200 papers and books in the field of comfort, performance and design of interiors. His latest book is ‘aircraft interior comfort and design’ co-authored by Klaus Brauer, one of the leading designers of the Boeing 787 interior (CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2011). If he is asked for lectures, which is one of his favourite activities, he mostly is asked to give lectures on participatory ergonomics, on interior design and seat comfort experience. 

He guided design projects on Bahco paintscrapers, aircraft interiors, B/E aerospace aircraft seats, BMW car seats, Volvo assembly line design, KPN office interiors, Interstuhl office seats, Gispen sit-stand meeting tables, Ahrend meeting room interiors etc.

Specialisation / field of research

Effects on comfort (well-being), performance (productivity) and health. The field of research is Physical and Organizational human-environment interaction:

  1. Study the effects of interior designs that are focused on increasing comfort, productivity, innovativeness and health for employees,
  2. Design and research regarding products like hand tools, seats, and vehicle interiors with special attention to comfort and human performance

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

He is guiding now 13 PhDs in the field of seating, aircraft interiors, office interiors and office environments and masters students.
Comfort, interior design, participatory design processes

Secondary employment

  • Vink Comfort and Design
  • Number of hours: 2 hours/week. 

Involved in the research project(s):

Vehicle Seat: Comfort and Design

Peter Vink (ed)
ISBN: 978-94-6186-688-2

Published in 2016

Advances in Social and Organizational Factors

Peter Vink (ed)
ISBN: 978-1439870198

Published in 2012

Aircraft interior comfort and design

Peter Vink and Klaus Brauer
ISBN: 978-1439863053

Published in 2011

Advances in Occupational, Social, and Organizational Ergonomics

P. Vink and J. Kantola (ed)
ISBN: 978-1-4398-3507-4 

Published in 2010

Comfort and Design: principles and good practice

Peter Vink (ed)
ISBN: 978-1420038132

Published in 2005