• Laplace 32, Laplace

    5612 AZ Eindhoven


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

    5600 MB Eindhoven



Introductie / missie

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

Over de organisatie

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 en materiaalwetenschappen
Nursing Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Health Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Life Style Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
Studios Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Privacy Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
Ecosystem Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
Music Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen

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Projecten 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: Onderzoek 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: Onderzoek 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: Onderzoek directOnderzoek


Onderzoeksoutput 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. (redactie). Cham: Springer, Vol. 1, blz. 790-800 11 blz. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 916)

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer 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. (redactie). Cham: Springer, blz. 379-384 6 blz. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 1026)

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer review


2nd place Social Media Monitor award

Jorge Alves Lino (Ontvanger), 2013

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdProfessioneel

Best New Media Production

Jorge Alves Lino (Ontvanger), 2015

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdProfessioneel

Best Online Customer Service

Jorge Alves Lino (Ontvanger), 2014

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdProfessioneel

Activiteiten 1999 2019

Research transformation through embodied design

Caroline C.M. Hummels (Spreker)
19 okt 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerWetenschappelijk

Strategy Systemic change

Caroline C.M. Hummels (Organisator)
30 aug 2019

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementWorkshop, seminar, cursus of expositieWetenschappelijk

UX design : chaos or Kairos ?

Carine Lallemand (Spreker)
11 jul 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesKeynote sprekerWetenschappelijk


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

Dennis Arts


1 mediabijdrage

Pers / media: PR activiteiten

Wearable running analyses

Jos Goudsmit, Heleen Boers & Eva Wentink


1 mediabijdrage

Pers / media: PR activiteiten


Active workspace: towards an active lifestyle in the work environment

Auteur: van Veen, T., jun 2018

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

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

Auteur: Bakvis, A., jun 2018

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor

A different perspective on vitality

Auteur: Kool, N. M., jun 2018

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor