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Annemiek van Boeijen is Assistant Professor Industrial Design at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. She graduated in 1990 as an industrial designer with the design of a carbon fiber racing wheelchair. After that she got involved in international development projects in the field of social design, eco design and sustainability. In 2000, Annemiek started to work in academia and from then she was involved in several curriculum development projects. From integrated design she moved her research to the social sciences and in 2015 she defended her thesis Crossing Cultural Chasms - towards a culture-conscious approach to design. Currently, her research is focused on the role of culture in design processes, with the goal of designing methods and tools, such as Cultura, geared to support designers in cultivating a culture-sensitive approach. She is initiator and co-editor of the Delft Design Guide, an overview of perspectives, models, approaches and methods for design (first edition was translated in Chinese and Japanese), and author of the book Culture Sensitive Design - A guide to culture in practice. She developed and runs the double blended course Culture Sensitive Design Thinking and is regularly invited for lectures and design workshops in both non-western as well as western places in the world, including Shanghai and Hong Kong. Currently she joins the DoCS4Design project, an exchange between six design schools regarding the guidance of PhD candidates in the design field. In short, Annemiek is interested in unraveling our entangled world and understand what design and design education should and could do or undo to restore and maintain diversity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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