Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) views its role in society as providing technological solutions that facilitate the transition to a flourishing, circular economy. All eight faculties of TU Delft work towards a circular, resource-efficient and resilient economy by conducting ground-breaking scientific and technological research, training scientists and engineers and helping to translate circular knowledge and skills into technological innovations and activity.
"Together we are developing new circular knowledge, with perspectives from an academic, business, governmental and societal viewpoint. We are working hard to nurture people who can produce novel business models and technologies related to delivering a resilient circular economy. Our work developing innovative circular online programmes will complement the work being undertaken by the other Pioneer Universities, helping to build a broader understanding of how new multi-disciplinary teaching and learning frameworks can most effectively accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
Teaching & Learning:
‘Circular Economy: An Introduction’ an open, free, self-paced, online learning tool, developed and delivered in partnership with university partners and the Foundation. The course consists of seven parts that each take about 4-6 hours to complete.
- Towards Circular Product Design (IO3075)
This bachelors elective course will develop the learner into a complete circular designer. The course is blended with the MOOC - Circular Economy: An Introduction. The on-campus lectures and practicums build upon the MOOC, allowing for in-depth discussion and learning.
TU Delft leads the Netherlands in a 2bn Euro, 7 year, 100+ partner, 23 member state, closed loop materials circular education and research programme. The partners are balanced across universities, research organisations and companies. Projects include remanufacturing, circular cities, circular on-line learning, and closed loop materials.
- A range of circular EU Horizon 2020 projects, examples include:
- Project CIRCUIT; A H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network, with the topic of Circular Economy and new service-driven business models. 15 newly recruited PhD researchers across 7 European universities in EU 5 countries in the field of Circular Economy.
- ResCom partner Resource Conservative Manufacturing.
- ProSUM; Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban mine and Mining wastes
- REPAiR; Resource Management in Peri-urban Areas: Going Beyond Urban Metabolism
- Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability; This is a partnership between 3 universities; Leiden, Erasmus Rotterdam and Delft University of Technology, building bridges between science and society by working together on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the transition towards a circular economy.
- AMS; Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions; Circular City Amsterdam
- Green Village; Living Lab on campus for circular solution
Papers, Books & Articles:
- Products That Last - product design for circular business models Paperback, 2014 by C.A. Bakker, M.C. den Hollander, E.van Hinte, Y.Zijlstra
- Products that go round: exploring product life extension through design - C Bakker, F Wang, J Huisman, M den Hollander, Journal of Cleaner Production 69, 10-16.
- Product design and business model strategies for a circular economy - NMP Bocken, I de Pauw, C Bakker, B van der Grinten, Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering 33 (5), 308-320
- Prometheus Missing: Critical Materials and Product Design, PhD Thesis, David Peck, Delft University of Technology, 2016.
- Critical materials: A reason for sustainable education of industrial designers and engineers - AR Köhler, C Bakker, D Peck, European Journal of Engineering Education 38 (4), 441-451
- Designing cradle-to-cradle products: a reality check - CA Bakker, R Wever, C Teoh, S De Clercq, International Journal of Sustainable Engineering 3 (1), 2-8
Areas of Expertise:
- Longer Lasting Products
- Circular Design
- Circular Cities
- Circular Business models
- Closed Loop Critical Materials
- Materials Substitution
- Systems Thinking
- History of Scarcity