I am a lecturer in teaching and research at the University of Liverpool. My research focuses on understanding the promise of emotional dilemmas as input for user-centered design activities.
I studied Design for Interaction at Delft University of Technology and received my M.Sc. degree with a thesis focusing on designing for sustainable eating habits using emotional dilemmas as a starting point. My master thesis was a dream project in which I could combine my passion for food, emotion, and design. I continued to investigate the design-relevance of emotional dilemmas in my PhD project, which was supervised by Prof.dr. Pieter Desmet and Dr. Elif Ozcan. In this project, I developed design tools and techniques that can support designers in integrating personal dilemmas into the design process.
Example domains in which this approach has so far been implemented include sustainability, healthy eating, procrastination, mindfulness, social play and more. To share the knowledge generated in my research, I regularly attend design conferences, mentor design students, give inspirational lectures and organize workshops at educational and commercial institutions, and consult third-party research and design projects.
I am a member of Delft Institute of Positive Design, which aims to investigate the contribution of design to human flourishing and happiness. I continue my research on dilemma-driven design at the School of Engineering at University of Liverpool (February 2016 – present).
And in case you are wondering how to pronounce my name – it is pronounced as “de’er” as if there is no “g”.