Designerly Innovation

About the Designerly Innovation research group

Our society is currently undergoing a number of fundamental transitions. Major social trends, like the growing population, societal aging and emergence of the knowledge society, not only result in technological developments, but prompt a reconsideration of social and economic values. We need to organise ourselves and our society in a different manner. More collaboration in networks and ecosystems and assuming responsibility for ourselves and each other leads to a reorganisation of our society as a whole.

The need for knowledge and innovation and, above all, the practical applicability of this knowledge and information is increasing. The research group develops and offers expertise and concrete tools that integrate research, designs and testing based on an approach to innovation in the area of new products and services driven by a designerly way of thinking & doing. Together with the government, organisations and companies, solutions are developed that make our society more future-proof.

Rianne Valkenburg, head of the research group (2013-present)

Innovation is my way of life: I explore new worlds and initiate unexpected encounters in order to be constantly surprised. My professional life in innovation has evolved along two tracks. Firstly, I always balance on the crossroads of (scientific and applied) research and business practice. Secondly, I always seek to be where innovation itself is changing. In recent years, I’ve focused on innovations that can make a change using (design) expertise to tackle the wicked challenges of society.

Currently, I work as a (part-time) professor of Designerly Innovation at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where my research team focuses on spurring innovation by means of a designerly way of thinking and doing. I also co-founded LightHouse /expertise in smart lighting & smart cities @ TU/e. At LightHouse, I initiate and facilitate knowledge-intensive projects to enable municipalities and organisations to apply smart city solutions and make the most of the contemporary disruptive technological possibilities.
I hold a Master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology (1992) and a PhD on the reflective practice of product design teams (2000).

Contact Head of the Designerly Innovation research group

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