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Thomas van Rompay is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Science of the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands. He has a background in cognitive psychology. After obtaining his master degree at Leiden University, he pursued his PhD at Delft Technical University, Department of Industrial Design Engineering. Specifically, he studied design experience from an embodied cognition perspective, investigating how design communicates meaning and affect. Since 2005, he works at The University of Twente.

His current research projects take place on the threshold of design and psychology where he studies influences of environmental design (and ‘green’ / natural stimuli in particular) and technology on health and wellbeing, and the potential of innovations in packaging design (multisensory design and 3D printing) for promoting responsible (food and beverage) consumption.

In addition, Van Rompay collaborates in multi-disciplinary projects in order to develop design and technology for people with health challenges, amongst others in ZonMW's "Growing Roots: Connecting Elderly through Virtual Nature Spaces", in Horizon 2020's "MinD: Designing for people with Dementia" and in Connecting Industries' (Top Technology Twente) “Digital Nature - Enhancing patient care & control” (in collaboration with Philips Research])".

At the UT, he participates in tech-inspired programs in close collaboration with BMSLAB and teaches and works at the University’s DesignLab where he is a DL-fellow.


  • Psychology

    • Research
    • Wellbeing
    • Evaluation
    • Congruence
  • Computer Science

    • Design
  • Social Sciences

    • Consumers
    • Meaning
    • Perception



Designing digital nature for older adults: A mixed method approachDigital Health, 9, 1-14. van Houwelingen - Snippe, J., Ben Allouch, S. & van Rompay, T. J. L. a Morning Forest to a Sunset Beach: Understanding Visual Experiences and the Roles of Personal Characteristics for Designing Relaxing Digital NatureInternational journal of human-computer interaction (E-pub ahead of print/First online). Kim, C. M., van Rompay, T. J. L., Louwers, G., Yoon, J. K. & Ludden, G. D. S.‘That is a place where I would want to go’: investigating digital nature to enhance social wellbeing among older adults.Ageing and Society, 43(11), 1-24 (E-pub ahead of print/First online). van Houwelingen - Snippe, J., Ben Allouch, S. & van Rompay, T. J. L. yourself: Spacious nature and the connected selfJournal of environmental psychology, 91, Article 102108. van Rompay, T. J. L., Oran, S., Galetzka, M. & van den Berg, A. E. Non-Technical Stakeholders in System Architecture Design; a Case-Study on the Cleaning IndustryIn 33rd Annual INCOSE International Symposium 15–20 July 2023 — Honolulu, HI (pp. 998-1012). van Zijl, R., Raub, T., van Rompay, T. J. L., Nizamis, K. & Bonnema, G. M. IoT, easy as anything?: Uncovering the importance of digital skills for the Internet of Things. University of Twente. de Boer, P. S., not competitors: Development of a value-based design toolbox for responsible cleaning robotisation. University of Twente. Raub, T.Exploring associations of older adults with virtual nature: a randomised factorial online surveyAgeing & society (E-pub ahead of print/First online). Otten, K., van Rompay, T. J. L., van 't Klooster, J.-W., Gerritsen, D. L. & Westerhof, G. J., values and consumers: The importance of values in consumer behaviour. University of Twente. Voorn, R. J. J. on the move—can we keep up? Activity tracker performance test to measure data and strategic skillsInternational journal of human-computer interaction, 39(17), 3377-3387. Boer, P. S. d., Deursen, A. J. A. M. v. & Rompay, T. J. L. v.
The lights are on, but no one’s home: A performance test to measure digital skills to use IoT home automationNew Media and Society, 1-32 (E-pub ahead of print/First online). de Boer, P. S., van Deursen, A. J. A. M. & van Rompay, T. J. L. traumatic to therapeutic: Investigating the potential for the intensive care environment to enhance patients’ experiences and recovery from the perspective of healthcare professionals, 87-89. Kim, C. M., van Rompay, T. J. L., van der Heide, E. M., Verkerke, G. J. & Ludden, G. D. S.Development and validation of the Internet of Things Skills Scale (IoTSS)Information, communication and society, 25(13), 1883-1899. van Deursen, A. J. A. M., van der Zeeuw, A., de Boer, P., Jansen, G. & van Rompay, T.“What makes you feel relaxed in nature?”: Exploring nature-based stimuli as inspiration for designing relaxing experiences. Kim, C. M., van Rompay, T. J. L. & Ludden, G. D. S. is Me: Evaluation of a boardgame to promote social engagement, wellbeing and agency in people with dementia through mindful life-storytellingJournal of aging studies, 60, Article 100995. Niedderer, K., Holthoff-Detto, V., Van Rompay, T. J. l., Karahanoglu, A., Ludden, G. D. S., Almeida, R., Durán, R. L., Aguado, Y. B., Lim, J. N. W., Smith, T., Harrison, D., Craven, M. P., Gosling, J., Orton, L. & Tournier, I.
Assessing the generalisability of a multicentre qualitative dementia research: the experience and challenges faced by the MinD project in EuropeOpen Research Europe, 1, Article 1:64. Lim, J. N. W., Niedderer, K., Tournier, I., Almeida, R., Harrison, D., Holthoff-Detto, V., Ludden, G., van Rompay, T., van der Voort, M., Galansinska, A., Smith, T., Lasada, R., Aguado, Y. B., Druschke, D., Berit, Z. & Zanasi, M. to be taken) with a grain of salt: Enhancing perceived saltiness by 3D-printed surface texturesFood quality and preference, 93, Article 104279. van Rompay, T., van Ooijen, I., Groothedde, S. & Saakes, D. Reality Representations of Nature to Improve Well‑Being amongst Older Adults: A Rapid ReviewJournal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 6, 464-485. van Houwelingen-Snippe, J., Ben Allouch, S. & van Rompay, T. J. L. and Strategy Analysis of Technology-Based Nonpharmacological Interventions for In-Hospital Delirium Prevention and Reduction: Systematic Scoping ReviewJournal of medical internet research, 23(8), Article e26079. Kim, C. M., van der Heide, E. M., van Rompay, T. J. L., Verkerke, G. J. & Ludden, G. D. S. inequalities in the Internet of Things: differences in attitudes, material access, skills, and usageInformation, communication and society, 24(2), 258-276. van Deursen, A. J. A. M., van der Zeeuw, A., de Boer, P., Jansen, G. & van Rompay, T. in the skies: Exploring the effects of social presence cues on undesired and pro-social behaviour. University of Twente. Jansen, A. M. values as added value(s) in consumer brand congruence: a comparison with traits and functional requirementsThe journal of brand management, 28(1), 48–59. Voorn, R. J. J., van der Veen, G., van Rompay, T. J. L., Hegner, S. M. & Pruyn, A. T. H.


Thomas van Rompay teaches in multi-disciplinary courses in which relationships between design & technology and societal challenges take centre stage, such as:

MA course ‘Design and Behavior Change’ (in collaboration with ET-IDE).

The goal of this course is to connect theory and practice and come up with a concept/prototype of a design intervention in the context of a specific societal challenge (e.g., active lifestyle promotion). Students work in mixed teams (CS/IDE/HMI) with the goal to enable a multidisciplinary perspective on current societal issues.

BA course ‘Communication by Design’

Focus in this bachelor course is on communication by means of creative technology (VR technology as a way to immerse people in restorative environments with the goal to enhance performance and wellbeing) and/or multisensory design (packaging design to promote healthy food consumption and healthy lifestyle development).

MA course ‘Societal Challenges’

Goal of this course is to engage students with stakeholders in the context of a specific (NWO/EU-based) societal challenge (e.g., green energy transition, mobile technology use and social dynamics, healthy living). It includes reflection on the role of communication in the specific challenge at stake. Through this course, we aim to complement students’ academic skills and mindset with an acute sense of where and how communication professionals can make a difference in the world of tomorrow.

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Vakken collegejaar 2023/2024

Vakken in het huidig collegejaar worden toegevoegd op het moment dat zij definitief zijn in het Osiris systeem. Daarom kan het zijn dat de lijst nog niet compleet is voor het gehele collegejaar.

Vakken collegejaar 2022/2023

Van Rompay collaborates in multi-disciplinary projects in order to develop design and technology for people with health challenges, amongst others in:

- ZonMW - Create Health: "Growing Roots: Connecting Elderly through Virtual Nature Spaces".

- Connecting Industries (Top Technology Twente): “Digital Nature - Enhancing patient care & control

- Horizon 2020's "MinD: Designing for people with Dementia".

At the UT, he participates in tech-inspired programs in close collaboration with BMSLAB and the University’s DesignLab where he is a DL-fellow.


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