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Dr Elies Dekoninck is an Industrial Designer. Following a few years in industry, she completed her PhD ‘Eco-innovation: tools to facilitate early-stage workshops’ in 2003, after which she worked as a consultant at Kinneir Dufort Product Design Ltd. in Bristol specialising in Design Strategy and User-centred design. She developed and delivered a portfolio of new consultancy services for clients such as Roche Diagnostics, Masterfoods and Unilever. Elies then went freelance to pursue her research in eco-innovation. She worked on an EU funded project titled: ‘SUPPORT- Sustainable Innovation Tools’ and conducted consultancy for CREAX Innovation Consultants. In February 2004, she joined the University of Bath.


Since joining the University she has become involved with a wide variety of projects on Design Creativity, Product Development and Innovation. She has run 5 KTP projects in conjunction with local companies, and supervised 2 MPhil students in industry. She has supervised a wide range of PhD students looking at topics such as: User-Centred Eco-design; Creativity in Virtual Design teams; to Creativity in the Latter stages of the Design Process. In 2015, she completed a large EU-research project: G.EN.ESI (http://genesi-fp7.eu/) and a short AHRC-funded game-design research project which resulted in the product launch of ‘Beasts of Balance’ (beastsofbalance.com). She is currently the project leader at Bath for a large European H2020 project exploring the role that Spatial Augmented Reality can play in co-creative design sessions (http://spark-project.net/).


She developed the new MEng in Integrated Design Engineering (IDE) which focuses on integrating mechanical, electronic and software skills in studio-based design projects. She is now the programme leader for IDE at Bath. She teaches courses on product design and development and coordinates all the final-year major individual design projects.

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Projects 2008 2018

Augmented reality

REACT Play Sandbox

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Project: Research council

REACT Play Sandbox - STRAX

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Project: Research council

sKTP with Bath Institute of Medical Engineering Limited

Dekoninck, E., Hicks, B. J. & Payne, S.

Innovate UK


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2004 2019

Comparing different types of professional practitioner engagement in an integrated design engineering degree

Georgilas, I., Dekoninck, E., Dhokia, V., Flynn, J. & Elias, E., 1 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019. Bohemia, E., Kovacevic, A., Buck, L., Brisco, R., Evans, D., Grierson, H., Ion, W. & Whitfield, R. I. (eds.). Design Society, (Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Defining requirements for an Augmented Reality system to overcome the challenges of creating and using design representations in co-design sessions

O'Hare, J., Dekoninck, E., Mombeshora, I., Martens, P., Becattini, N. & Boujut, J-F., 29 Nov 2018, In : CoDesign - International Journal of CoCreation in Design an Arts. p. 1-25 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Exploring the performance of augmented reality technologies in co-creative sessions: Initial results from controlled experiments

Dekoninck, E., O'Hare, J., Giunta, L., Masclet, C. & Cascini, G., 1 Feb 2018, p. 405-416. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Augmented reality
Chemical analysis


Characterising the Creative Behaviour of Designers within the Late-Stage Engineering Design Process

Author: Snider, C., 2 May 2014

Supervisor: Dekoninck, E. (Supervisor) & Culley, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Eco-Innovation Tools for the Early Stages: An Industry-Based Investigation of Tool Customisation and Introduction

Author: O'Hare, J., 1 Apr 2010

Supervisor: Dekoninck, E. (Supervisor) & McMahon, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Exploring Creativity in Temporary Virtual Teams: The Case of Engineering Design

Author: Chamakiotis, P., 4 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Dekoninck, E. (Supervisor) & Panteli, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Improving innovation using TRIZ

Author: Frobisher, P., 1 Jan 2010

Supervisor: Dekoninck, E. (Supervisor), Mileham, A. (Supervisor) & Vincent, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


Improving the Effectiveness of Introductory Eco-design Activities within Industry through the Development of an Introductory Eco-design Process

Author: Buckingham, M., 22 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Dekoninck, E. (Supervisor) & McManus, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil