I am a designer and researcher with a background in interaction design. I enjoy to study how design can contribute to positive behavioural change of people, and ultimately systemic change in society. My research focuses around grassroots communities, bottom-up initiatives, participatory design, citizen empowerment and engagement. In my PhD, I research different approaches for place-making: connecting citizens with each other and with their living environment in urban settings. I study and use playful and creative approaches to enable place-making for children, youngsters, and adults in neighbourhoods in Rotterdam and The Hague. My thesis works towards a toolkit and framework which showcases possible neighbourhoud interventions, presents design guidelines, and discusses trade-offs to design for place-making.