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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

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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

Exploring The Performance Of Augmented Reality Technologies In Co-Creative Sessions: Initial Results From Controlled Experiments

O'Hare, J., Dekoninck, E., Giunta, L., Boujut, J-F. & Becattini, N. B., 21 May 2018, DS92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference. Marjanovic, D., Storga, M., Skec, S., Bojcetic, N. & Pavkovic, N. (eds.). Design Society, p. 405-416 11 p.

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

Open Access


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