I am an assistant professor with the Interaction Design (IxD) group in the Department of Design, Production and Management in the Faculty of Engineering Technology.
As a health geographer and design researcher, I am interested in how the design of built environments and technology can enhance human interaction, health and well-being. I am interested in transdisciplinary, mixed-method research, evaluation frameworks and policymaking that support inclusive, accessible and socially sustainable design.
My post-doc research focused on the ethics of using technology and design to modulate the mobility of people with dementia living in residential care environments in the Netherlands and Germany. While my PhD research (Department of Demography, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen) focused on the mobility, social health and well-being of people living with memory problems and dementia in public space. During this time, I also worked in the private sector as a research associate with Adema Architecten. As an evidence-based designer, I translated scientific research into the design and construction of healthcare facilities to support positive health outcomes of patients, staff and families.
Transdisciplinarity. A Research Mode for Real-World Problems
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During the four years of my PhD, I was the course coordinator and lecturer of Ethics in Research, a deepening module course (semester 2a) as a part of the Honours College bachelor program at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. I taught this course in person and re-designed the course to a digital environment during the pandemic.
I have given several guest lectures and seminars to students at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and the University College of Groningen. Additionally, I designed and co-facilitated a Master class on conducting research with vulnerable populations.
I have also presented interactive workshops on dementia research and co-design for the HU Leernetwerk Dementie and Population Europe.
The B-SURE project has an interdisciplinary team with experience in rehabilitation, architecture, urban planning and environmental psychology. It is a collaborative project with researchers from Dalarna University and Lund University in Sweden and Melbourne University in Australia. The project aims to produce conceptual models of built environments to support rehabilitation and recovery after stroke.