I am an assistant professor at the University of Twente. My research focuses on unlocking the potential of emotional dilemmas as input for human 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 tools and techniques that can support designers in integrating emotional dilemmas in human centred design processes.

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 organize workshops and give lectures at educational and commercial institutions, attend design conferences, mentor design students, and consult third-party research and design projects. 

I currently continue my research and teaching at the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands. 

And in case you are wondering how to pronounce my name – it is pronounced as “de’er” as if there is no “g”.