I'm associate professor in the chair of Interaction design and a fellow of the UTwente DesignLab. My research centres around the question how the design of products and services influences people’s behaviour and motivation and focuses on products and services that support healthy behaviour or that otherwise contribute to people’s wellbeing.
I am co-editor of the book 'Design for Behaviour Change' that was published September 2017 by Routledge in the 'Design for Social Responsibility Series'.
Design influences in many ways and can offer innovative and effective ways to address the myriad of challenges that our society currently faces. Most of the projects I contribute to are aimed at supporting people to make positive changes in their physical or mental health: Design for Healthy behaviour. The different topics within this domain relate to the often used categorisation in healthcare of primary prevention (health promotion), secondary prevention (treatment) and tertiary prevention (management of disease).
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My research is organised in larger and smaller projects many of which are collaborations with researchers from other disciplines (health, computer science, etc) and with industry and public partners (including Philips Lighting, Zorggroep St Maarten, Dimence).