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Elli is associate professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology management, Faculty of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

With a background in industrial design, her focus areas in research and teaching are

  • sustainable design, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • innovation and sustainability integration in SMEs and
  • integration of sustainability in higher education

Common features in her work are the focus on soft skills in innovation and integration processes, the development of methods and tools to support such processes, and the connection between academia and industry.

She is work package leader and member of the leader group of SFU Engage, the Centre for engaged education through entrepreneurship. She also leads a work package in the Digifab project, which focuses on supporting Norwegian SMEs to move towards Industry 4.0 through strategic roadmapping.  

Previously, she worked at different universities and innovation consultancies in Norway (NTNU), UK (University of Cambridge) and Belgium (University Antwerp, Thomas More University College, shiftN) and was guest lecturer in amongst others Spain and the Netherlands.

Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid

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  • Ali, Faheem; Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casparus Burghardus. (2016) The 'Nordic Approach' and how it may support Design for Sustainability. Proceedings of NordDesign 2016.
  • Høiseth, Marikken; Verhulst, Elli. (2016) Reflection and reflexivity about an introductory design course. Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Aalborg University, Denmark, 8th-9th September 2016.
  • Lønvik, Siri Bjørnsund; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Verhulst, Elli. (2016) Achieving Readiness for Change for Successful Implementation of Service Design Projects: Learning from Change Management. Proceedings of NordDesign 2016.
  • Valle Kinloch, Roberto; Junghans, Antje; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Verhulst, Elli. (2016) People and Activities in Energy Efficient Buildings: Comparative Study of User, Owner and Facilities Management Perspectives in Schools. Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016 Volume II Environmental opportunities and challenges, constructing, commitment and acknowledging human experiences.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Lambrechts, Wim. (2016) Hoofdstuk 3. Een kijk op de integratie van duurzaamheid in het hoger onderwijs vanuit perspectief van veranderingsmanagement. Het verbinden van educatieve en organisatorische veranderingstrajecten voor duurzaam hoger onderwijs..
  • Verhulst, Elli; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2015) Practice-oriented research into energy management and use in non-residential buildings: the reliability gap framework. eceee Summer Study proceedings. eceee 2015 Summer Study First fuel now.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Rohaert, Sarah; Van Doorsselaer, Karine. (2015) How to incorporate Sustainable Design in the International European Project semester programme: Insights from practice. Great expectations : design teaching, research & enterprise : proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Loughborough Design School, University of Loughborough, United Kingdom, 3rd-4th September 2015.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Dewit, Ivo; Boks, Casper. (2012) Implementation of sustainable innovations and business models. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper. (2011) Resistance during the implementation of sustainable design. Design Management: Toward a new era of innovation. Proceedings of the 2011 Tsinghua-DMI International Design Management Symposium.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper. (2011) Sustainable design strategies in practice and their influence on business models. Design for Innovative Value Towards a Sustainable Society. Proceedings of Ecodesign 2011: 7th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper. (2010) The role of human factors in the adoption of sustainable design criteria in business. Proceedings of the ERSCP_EMSU conference, Delft, The Netherlands, October 25-29, 2010.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper; Masson, Henri. (2009) Implementing Sustainability Criteria in Product Innovations: a Human Process. Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper; Stranger, Marianne; Masson, Henri. (2007) The Human Side of Ecodesign from the Perspective of Change Management. Advances in Life Cycle Engineering for Sustainable Manufacturing Businesses.



  • Geusens, Miranda; Verhulst, Elli. (2016) Integration of ecodesign in engineering programmes through the application of the Ecodesign in Higher Education kit (EHE kit). 8th Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD2016) . Institute for Sustainable Development and Ghent University; Bruges. 2016-09-04 - 2016-09-07.
  • Verhulst, Elli. (2016) Design versus actual use of buildings. The energy performance gap in non-residential buildings in Norway. TAXI lecture . University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences; Antwerp. 2016-04-28 - 2016-04-28.
  • Verhulst, Elli. (2015) Routes towards sustainability in higher education. Environment & Technology in Business Conference . Poznań University of Economics, Faculty of Commodity Science; Poznań. 2015-10-01 - 2015-10-02.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Valle Kinloch, Roberto. (2015) A systemic approach to energy management and use in non-residential buildings in Norway. Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference ; 2015-11-01 - 2015-11-04.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper; Masson, Henri. (2009) Colour-print thinking to measure and support human factors in the implementation process of sustainability criteria in design. Ecodesign 2009: Sixth International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing . The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers; Sapporo. 2009-12-07 - 2009-12-09.