In this Minor, you will be working on a real-life food innovation challenge, in the field of healthy and sustainable food.

About the program

The minor uses a design thinking approach combined with systems thinking, cocreation with stakeholders and consumers and persuasive design tools for concept, product, packaging and intervention design.

You will work on several challenges in small interdisciplinary groups, including finding solutions for food waste challenges, developing healthy and sustainable food concepts (product, packaging, intervention) and new food systems. More specific examples include a) creating a persuasive food waste awareness campaign aimed at HBO students and teachers, c) creating a new product out of a waste stream b) developing a food product made from Dutch plant-based proteins that does not resemble animal products such as meat and milk, d) setting up a persuasive intervention for healthy and sustainable foods e) developing new food packaging that persuades consumers to avoid food waste.

Learning goals

During the minor, we will provide a foundation in processes, knowledge fields and skills, i.e.:

  1. processes: food concept development, design thinking process, systems thinking, behavioural methodology, professional leadership,
  2. knowledge: food waste, plant proteins versus animal proteins, healthy and sustainable food, future food systems
  3. skills:  action research: cocreation, insights mapping, and interviewing skills with stakeholders and users, intervention design, creating prototypes, provotypes and interventions in food, packaging and communication.

Entry requirements

To join this minor, you need to be motivated to work on current food challenges and learn about food and innovation processes.  Prior food knowledge or experience is useful but not required.

How to apply

HAS students can apply for this minor by completing the registration form on the HASwise intranet.

Are you not a student at HAS University and is your educational institute connected to Kies Op Maat? Then apply via Kies Op Maat.