Towards a design research methodology: agent-based model development through stakeholder participation in the case of decentralized urban vermicomposting facilities

Kasper Lange

Delft University of Technology

K.P.H. (Kasper) Lange - PhD candidate Profile After graduating at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft, Kasper Lange started working as a Research and Development Engineer in the manufacturing industry. After a couple of years he decided to dedicate his career to Sustainable Engineering research and education at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). In 2015 he received a scholarship from AUAS to start a PhD research project on Design Research for Industrial Symbiosis in Urban Agriculture. Since March 2017, the project is also financed by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, project number 023.009.037) Research The PhD project aims to offer insights into the contribution of a participatory ABM-modelling strategy on designing symbiotic Urban Agriculture networks. During this project, ABMs are built with stakeholders in Urban Agriculture case studies in The Netherlands. The ABMs represent the influence of symbiotic sociotechnical systems design of urban agriculture within the complex adaptive city. This participatory method is iteratively developed, tested and evaluated on its effects regarding the design process. Publications Lange, Korevaar, Oskam and Herder (2017), Developing and Understanding Design Interventions in Relation to Industrial Symbiosis Dynamics. Sustainability 2017, 9, 826. Oskam, Lange and Thissen (2013), Vertical Farming. Technologie en Innovatierichtingen voor de Toekomst. Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. From:, visited on 22-6-2017. Contact


A case study involving decentralized vermicomposting facilities in urban agriculture areas of Amsterdam is presented, which contributes to the development and evaluation of an innovative design research methodology (Lange et... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Kasper Lange (Delft University of Technology)
  2. Inge Oskam (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)
  3. Gijsbert Korevaar (Delft University of Technology)
  4. Paulien Herder (Delft University of Technology)

Topic Areas

• Complexity, resilience and sustainability , • Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints , • Sustainable urban systems


ThS-4 » Impacts Associated with Agriculture (08:30 - Thursday, 29th June, Room G)

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