Dr. Conny Bakker is professor at the TU Delft, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. She coordinates and teaches several courses in Sustainable Design and Circular Product Design. Her research field is Design for the Circular Economy, in particular the design and development of products that have multiple lifecycles. She explores and develops design methods and strategies for product life-extension, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling, as well as the business models that enable these strategies
A second research interest is the field of user-centered sustainable design, which focuses on exploring the relationships between consumer behaviour, sustainability and design. Conny Bakker holds a PhD in 'environmental information for industrial designers', which she obtained in 1995 while working at the research organisation TNO.
Astract title: Design for a circular and sustainable economy
In my talk I will share our latest insights into the role of design and design thinking in the transition to a sustainable and circular economy. Our work at TU Delft focuses on achieving meaningful change in practice. We use the lessons learned from practice to create new design methods and approaches, and vice versa. I will address a number of case studies and explain what these have taught us about the role and value of design. Next, I will show how we are trying to shape a design for sustainability agenda of the future. This is work in progress, and I would welcome your thoughts and ideas!