One of the first industrial designers in the world with a Ph.D. in circular product design (“Design for Managing Obsolescence - A design methodology for preserving product integrity”, June 2018, ISBN 9789082873603), Marcel den Hollander works as an independent researcher and design consultant to industry in circular product design in conjunction with business models for the circular economy. His academic work is firmly anchored in over twenty years of hands-on experience in commercial industrial design for (inter)nationally renowned design studios and clients, designing fast moving consumer goods, durable consumer goods, and professional products.
He is co-author of the book "Products That Last – Product design for circular business models", that is currently being used at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in their Towards Circular Product Design course and many other design schools in the Netherlands as well as abroad. The book was adopted by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to promote the circular economy and circular product design principles to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands.
To pro-actively disseminate the results of his research, Marcel continues to give guest lectures at design and business schools in the Netherlands and present his research at international conferences.
In addition to his work on circular economy, Marcel is quartermaster for the Amsterdam Design Network, a new initiative aiming to advance systemic, interdisciplinary design (practice, research and education) for social, environmental and economic innovation at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam in close collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam.