Dr. Xue, H.

Haian Xue is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Haian Xue is currently working at Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering as an assistant professor on the ‘Design for Mood Regulation’ project funded by NWO. The overall aim of this research project is to develop a theory that details the mechanisms that underlie mood experiences in human-design interaction and explains how design-supported mood regulation can foster human well-being. 

Haian Xue acquired his Doctor of Arts (the Finnish equivalent of PhD in Design) from Aalto University (School of Arts, Design and Architecture) in Helsinki Finland in 2017. Haian Xue grew up in Xi'an and studied Industrial Design in Beijing. For the past ten years (2008-2017), he has lived and worked in Finland, the UK, and the USA as a design researcher and teacher. His research interests stand at the intersections of design, experience, well-being and strategy.


  • 2010 – 2017
    Doctor of Arts, Design, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture 
  • 2008 – 2009
    PhD, Design (incomplete), Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts London
  • 2006 – 2008
    Master of Arts in Industrial Design, Beijing Institute of Technology
  • 2002 – 2006
    Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Design, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics (Beihang University)


  • 2021 – present
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology 
  • 2017 – 2021
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Design for Mood Regulation Project, Delft University of Technology 
  • 2010 – 2017
    Doctoral Candidate/Researcher, Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture, Helsinki, Finland 
    Worked in two research groups: Encore (Engaging Co-Design); Empirica (Research on Art, Design & Culture) 
  • 2015 – 2017
    Teaching Fellow/Assistant, 6 Master courses at Aalto University School of Business and School of Arts, Design and Architecture
  • 2015 – 2016
    Project Researcher, International Design Business Management Curriculum Upgrade, Aalto University School of Business & School of Arts, Design & Architecture
  • 2013 – 2014
    Visiting Researcher, School of Art and Design, Coventry University, the UK 
  • 2013
    Project Researcher, SerMo (Service Modularity) Project, Aalto University School of Business & School of Arts, Design & Architecture 
  • 2012
    Visiting Scholar, Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons School of Design, New York City, NY, USA

Field of research / Specialisation

  • Design for Experience and Well-being
  • Design Strategy
  • Cultural/Collective Memory

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Form and Experience
  • Product Experience
  • Design for Emotions