Your research at Designlab

What research is possible at designlab?

Designlab offers a platform for researchers with design-based questions, who wish to cooperate and translate science through design to society on a transdisciplinary level. Researchers who are conducting research on design processes and on societal impact of technology can find a place here. You can also join our Fellows network and play an active role in further developing DesignLab's research collaborations.

The Responsible Futuring Approach is a central point in the research in DesignLab. That’s why we strive for an optimal balance in the involvement of researchers from different faculties, disciplines and institutes. Dedicated international teaching- and research-teams create an atmosphere where cutting-edge nano-, bio-, robo-, cogno- and info- technology are confronted with social sciences and humanities, through real world design challenges. 

FAQ Research: Students and researchers

  • What is expected for a research project in DesignLab?

    DesignLab University of Twente invites researchers from all disciplines to enter the funnel that leads to meaningful findings, products and services, to realise the university's ambitions to shape connections and individuals. We expect the research projects to fit with the DesignLab's philosophy: scientific, design-based, transdisciplinary, and striving to answer appeals from society.

  • How can I bring in my research project into DesignLab?

    There are different ways you can bring your own research project into DesignLab:

    • a workspace where for your visiting professors or fellows can work and connect to other researchers (please contact us);
    • facility to do your user testing or be part of one that a colleague is doing (please contact us);
    • a Responsible Futuring Approach that helps you to co-shape possible futures together with various stakeholders (please contact us);
    • stop by, meet and connect with other researchers of our Fellows network, and get inspired by students working in our creative spaces;
    • drop in and make use of the workshops to make rapid prototypes of your ideas.
  • How can I participate in a research project as a student?

    We always welcome students to work on research projects in DesignLab. However, we would suggest you to find a staff member in your project first and get yourself introduced.

DesignLab Research Fellows

This Fellowship consists of researchers based at various faculties of the University of Twente, that value creativity and transdisciplinarity. They share DesignLab’s vision and want to use it as a platform for researching, teaching and learning. Together, the DesignLab Research Fellows work towards exploring, understanding or solving societal challenges - often within the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.