I am Thomas van Arkel, a design/researcher from Rotterdam who works at the intersection of design and research for societal change.
Currently PhD candidate at TU Delft
I’m a designer and researcher working at the Delft University of Technology. As a designer and researcher I try to understand how designers can foster systemic change in society through the act of design. I do this on the one hand by integrating various fields of research to understand and support the design process, and on the other hand by working on real-world social issues by turning theory into concrete design artefacts. In my free time I am an avid collector of books and records—as well as reading and listening 🎵 to them.
Work in progress
I am currently finalising several projects, among them a project where we explore a new approach to interactions between professionals and people with temporary disability benefits, focusing on self-awareness and collaborative decision-making to stimulate a more sustainable road to employment. Next to that I am finishing an article on where we explore the repertoire that designers bring to the table when working on complex societal issues.
A precarious equilibriumdesign research, systemic design, social design
Defining design practices for societal challengesdesign research
Een ontwerpende aanpak voor maatschappelijke opgaven: waar hebben we het over?
Bouwen aan synergetische samenwerkingen
IDOLS* Langetermijneffecten—Sociale innovatie met de culturele en creatieve sector
Designing appropriate things