• 503
    Citations - based on content available in repository [source: Scopus]

Content available in repository

Personal profile


“Bringing societal value with meaningful innovations requires collaboration between organisations and individuals with very different value systems. So we bring together interdisciplinary teams to make many dreams come true.”

Research profile

Elke den Ouden is TU/e Fellow in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing group of the department Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences. Her research focuses on new business development in public-private value networks, in particular intelligent lighting and smart city innovations. Since its early days, she has been involved in the TU/e Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI) and is responsible for the strategy on Living Light Labs. She is also an ambassador of TU/e innovation Space, where interdisciplinary student teams work on complex societal and industrial challenges. She
combines her extensive industrial experience with academic research in innovation in ecosystems, in which students play an essential role.

Academic background

Elke den Ouden obtained her master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. She subsequently joined Philips, where she has held several positions as advisor and  manager in product innovation for more than 20 years. In 2000 she joined TU/e, where she obtained her PhD in Technology Management from TU/e in 2006 and became a part-time professor in the Department of Industrial Design in 2008. In 2014 she was appointed as TU/e Fellow.
She is the author of the book ‘Innovation Design – Creating Value for People, Organisations and Society’, published by Springer Science + Business and many other academic and practitioner-oriented publications.

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


Dive into the research topics where Elke den Ouden is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or