Ingrid de Pauw is a senior lecturer at the TU Delft, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, and partner in IDEAL&CO, a design firm specialized in sustainable and circular product design. At the TU Delft, she coordinates and teaches several courses in sustainable and circular product design. She has over 20 years of experience in product design and design-research projects, with a specialisation in design for the circular economy, biomimicry and cradle to cradle.

In 2004, she co-founded design bureau IDEAL&CO. In 2015, she obtained a PhD degree for her research on Nature-Inspired Design. In this project, she investigated how and why strategies such as biomimicry and cradle to cradle can help designers to develop sustainable products.

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Senior lecturer at the TU Delft, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Partner in IDEAL&CO


PhD, Nature-Inspired Design, Delft University of Technology
MSc, Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology


Industrial Design Engineering


Major publications:

  • Bocken, NMP, de Pauw, IC, Bakker, CA & van der Grinten, B, "Product design and business model strategies for a circular economy", Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering. 33, 5, p. 308-320 13 p., 2016.
  • Bakker, CA, van Dam, S, de Pauw, I, van der Grinten, B, Asif, F, "ResCoM design methodology for Multiple Lifecycle Products", Delft, 2017.
  • van Dam, S, Bakker, C, de Pauw, I, van der Grinten, B, "The circular pathfinder Development and evaluation of a practice-based tool for selecting circular design strategies", PLATE 2017, Delft, 2017.
  • de Pauw, IC, Kandachar, P, Karana, E, "Assessing sustainability in nature-inspired design", International Journal of Sustainable Engineering 8 (1), 5-13, 2015.
  • de Pauw, IC, "Nature-inspired Design: Strategies for Sustainable Product Development", Delft Academic Press, 2015.

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