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Karin Smolders is an Assistant Professor in the Human Technology Interaction department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her areas of expertise include lighting, psychology and well-being. Karin studies the impact of light and time on human psychological functioning at the intersection of psychology, chronobiology and lighting research. She is particularly interested in how the environment can influence a person’s wellbeing, health and performance. In current and past work, she focuses on the interaction between humans and their environment from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Academic background

Karin Smolders received her PhD in Lighting research / Environmental psychology from TU/e) in 2013. She also holds a BSc in Innovation Sciences and obtained her MSc in Human Technology Interaction in 2008. After obtaining her PhD, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Chronobiology group in Groningen (RuG) and as lecturer in the Human Technology Interaction (HTI) group at TU/e. Since 2015, she has been an Assistant Professor in the HTI group. In 2012, she was a co-organiser for ‘EXPERIENCING LIGHT’, an international scientific conference for people interested in the effects of light and light design on human wellbeing. 

Karin is a regular guest speaker and publishes in leading journals such as Chronobiology International, Physiology & Behavior, Journal of Environmental Psychology and Lighting Research and Technology. 

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


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