• Laplace 32, Laplace

    5612 AZ Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Industrial Design

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Systemic Change uses Design and Technology to study socio-technical systems at the level of a community, by designing technology-enabled interventions addressing societal challenges and analysing their effect on the eco-system.

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investigates technological interventions in the context of contemporary societal challenges

Organisational profile

The cluster Systemic Change investigates technological interventions in the context of contemporary societal challenges. In cross-disciplinary teams of specialists and stakeholders, we envision and create socio-technical systems operating in near real-life ecosystems and study their effects in the short and long term. In the socio-technological systems, we utilize emerging technologies such as ICT, Big Data, AI, sensors and actuators. We use the aesthetics of interaction of the users with the socio-technical systems to evoke change and we underpin the desired change by applying ethical frameworks and theories from social sciences and humanities. Using a research through design approach, we develop methods, tools, platforms and field labs that support the co-creation and analysis processes. These can subsequently be repurposed by the cross-disciplinary stakeholders in their own practice.

We design, describe and analyse systems that typically intervene on the scale of medium-sized groups (commonly between 50 and 5000 people) with a given social relation, such as neighbourhoods, social groups, clubs, patient groups, etc. We closely cooperate with members of these groups, other multi-helix stakeholders that have an interest in the intervention, and specialists from other fields. 

We analyse quantitative and qualitative data directly obtained in Experiential Design Landscapes (EDLs) or other field labs via direct sensing and monitoring, complemented with empirical field research such as ethnography and contextual interviews. We search for patterns that can explain and monitor key aspects for systemic change, which are translated into experiential probes and systems to influence values and behaviour at a community level. The resulting knowledge includes, on the one hand, theories, frameworks, models and exemplars explaining and guiding systemic change and, on the other, methodologies, tools, field labs and co-creation spaces to explore and investigate systemic change.

In order to create impact, we currently limit ourselves to three contexts: Vitality, the Health Continuum and Social Resilience. These contexts are strongly related to internationally targeted societal challenges with funding opportunities such as Horizon 2020 and the Dutch National Research Agendas. For these three contexts we already have a number of field labs in place, such as Genneper Parken, ENSAFE Community Lab and Studio for Connected Society. Future additional application areas and field labs are currently being considered (e.g. 21st century education). In addition we have built strong regional and national networks with social groups, stakeholders, institutes and specialists, including Máxima Medical Centre, Fontys University of applies sciences, Philips Design, Province Noord-Brabant and Utrecht University.

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Biofeedback Engineering & Materials Science
Nursing Engineering & Materials Science
Health Engineering & Materials Science
Life Style Medicine & Life Sciences
Studios Engineering & Materials Science
Privacy Medicine & Life Sciences
Ecosystem Medicine & Life Sciences
Music Medicine & Life Sciences

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Anoek Adank - Heij

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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Jorge Alves Lino

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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Siti A.B. Anas

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)


Projects 2011 2021

Everyday Sounds of Dementia

Gerrits, E., Schoumacher, J., Eggen, B., Bakker, S., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Houben, M., Brankaert, R. & Brankaert, R.


Project: Research direct


Dementia Dynamics in Design (DDD) 40-44300-98-117

Gerrits, E., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Thoolen, M., Brankaert, R. & Brankaert, R.


Project: Research direct


Vos, S., Funk, M., van der Spek, E., Menheere, D., Brombacher, A., van der Avoird, M., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P. & Vos, S.


Project: Research directResearch


Research Output 1989 2020

Children’s reflection-in-action during collaborative design-based learning

Zhang, Z., Bekker, T., Markopoulos, P. & Brok, P. D., 1 Jan 2020, The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education - Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning ICL2018. Auer, M. E. & Tsiatsos, T. (eds.). Cham: Springer, Vol. 1, p. 790-800 11 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 916)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review


Simulating social cycling experience in design research

Yang, N., van Hout, G., Feijs, L., Chen, W. & Hu, J., 1 Jan 2020, Human Systems Engineering and Design II - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications, IHSED 2019. Ahram, T., Pickl, S., Taiar, R. & Karwowski, W. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 379-384 6 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 1026)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review


2nd place Social Media Monitor award

Jorge Alves Lino (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Best New Media Production

Jorge Alves Lino (Recipient), 2015

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Best Online Customer Service

Jorge Alves Lino (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Activities 1999 2019

Research transformation through embodied design

Caroline C.M. Hummels (Speaker)
19 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Strategy Systemic change

Caroline C.M. Hummels (Organiser)
30 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

UX design : chaos or Kairos ?

Carine Lallemand (Speaker)
11 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

Press / Media

Radio 2 - Ruud de Wild - Wat hebben we geleerd van onze Activity Trackers

Dennis Arts


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Radio 2 - Ruud de Wild - We gaan Activity Trackers testen

Dennis Arts


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Wearable running analyses

Jos Goudsmit, Heleen Boers & Eva Wentink


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

Active workspace: towards an active lifestyle in the work environment

Author: van Veen, T., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Peters, P. (Supervisor 1) & van der Spek, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Activitijd : a design to help high school pupils set goals, plan and reflect

Author: Bakvis, A., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Bekker, M. (Supervisor 1) & Levy, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor

A different perspective on vitality

Author: Kool, N. M., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Megens, C. (Supervisor 1) & Delbressine, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor