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Jotte de Koning is assistant professor of Design for Sustainability Transitions at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Jotte conducts research on the intersection of the fields of design for sustainability and systems thinking. She studies how design and designers can contribute to the societal challenges of our time; or, in other words, how to change complex systems through design. These systems are for example the agrofood system, the energy system or cities as complex systems. Her expertise lies in strategic design, service design, behavioural change, transition management and sustainable innovation. And, she is always on the lookout to make food part of her research topics. 

Jotte is an Industrial and Strategic Design Engineer by education. She has a background in different (design) fields and experience in working in different countries. This is reflected in her interest in interdisciplinary and inter-cultural projects. 

Jotte obtained a PhD at the Delft University of Technology on Sustainable Food by Design (2017). During her four years of doctoral research she focused on co-creation between citizens and food initiatives in urban Vietnam. Together with local partners in Vietnam she developed, tested and applied co-creation methods to contribute to a more sustainable consumption pattern. The relevance and potential of collaborative and creative processes for sustainability transitions is still a central theme in her research activities.

Jotte has published articles on sustainable consumption behaviour; on co-creation; on participatory design for sustainability transitions in cities and on the circular economy.

Field of research

  • Service design
  • Systemic design
  • Behavioural change for sustainable Innovation
  • Transition Management
  • Participatory Design
  • Co-creation
  • Designing for Sustainable Food

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Design for Sustainability
  • Food and Design
  • Designing for Transitions
  • Systemic Design

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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