J.L. Sturge PhD (Jodi)

Assistant Professor

About Me

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. 


Other Contributions

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.

Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.



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.





Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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