Design, Health & Behaviour

Within the theme Design, Health & Behaviour we study how the design of products, services and product service systems can contribute to supporting and empowering people to manage their health situation or change their lifestyle in order to improve their (physical as well as mental) health.


Designing for people with dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement. This project is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement.

Nature Inspired Design
This project is part of the Tech4People program of the University of Twente. The project combines behavioral sciences (Psychology and Communication Science – dr. Thomas van Rompay), (multi-sensory) product design, and human-computer interaction (Gijs Huisman). It also includes a cooperation with KAIST in South-Korea (dr. Daniel Saakes). The projects aims to investigate how designers can translate the beneficial effects that nature can have on people’s wellbeing to designed artefacts, thus providing access to nature when nature is not around or when it is not feasible to bring nature inside.

Geke Ludden dr. ir.
Assistant Professor