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Ute Besenecker

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Design researcher and educator focusing on the impact of lighting on human perception, behaviour and wellbeing in spatial environments, with special interest in facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration involving mixed-methods research in architecture, lighting design, art, engineering and the sciences.

Her background spans academic human factors research as well as professional practice in lighting design, policy development, product management, and architecture. She holds a PhD in Architectural Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as well as Master’s Degrees in Lighting from the Lighting Research Center at RPI, USA, and in Architecture and Design from Columbia University, USA, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, and Polytechnico di Milano, Italy.

Current education activities in architecture and lighting design include teaching and supervision in related Master and Doctoral programmes. 

Current research project and consortium participations include: 

  • "Light4Health" (Supported by Erasmus+)
  • "NorDark: Unconventional methods to inform sustainable design - Mediating the needs of people and nature in Nordic after-dark environments" (Supported by NordForsk/ Formas)
  • "LiSE: A learning-environment testbed to evaluate benefits for lighting beyond retrofits" (Supported by Energimyndigheten/ Bertil och Britt Svenssons Stiftelse)
  • "Luminous Colour Toolbox" (Supported by NAVET)
  • "The Light Collaboration Network for Research and Education" (Supported by Bertil och Britt Svenssons Stiftelse)