In 2015 I started with my first design research project involving design students. This project was about social health issues in the North of the Netherlands, de Veenkoloniƫn. Since then I have worked with colleagues on various projects on various topics such as social structures, low-literacy, and the value of typography. Always in close association with stakeholders.

Recently we started with a project on the impact of the energy transition on people in the provinces Groningen and Drenthe.
I believe, that making visible what kind of meaning people give to a situation, is one of the main values of design research.

Because of the many projects, we are now restructuring the various research blogs, connected to the individual projects. In the near future this visual archive will become available.

Gerard Jan van Leeuwen/ designer/ researcher/ tutor
Groningen, march 1 2020