Background and activities

Elli is associate professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology management, Faculty of Economics and Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

With a background in industrial design, her focus areas in research and teaching are

  • sustainable design, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • innovation and sustainability integration in SMEs and
  • integration of sustainability in higher education

Common features in her work are the focus on soft skills in innovation and integration processes, the development of methods and tools to support such processes, and the connection between academia and industry.

She is part of the core team in the focus area Engage Educator and part of the management team of SFU Engage, the Centre for Engaged Education through Entrepreneurship. From 2017-2020, she led a work package in the Digifab project, which focuses on supporting Norwegian SMEs to move towards Industry 4.0 through strategic roadmapping.  

Previously, she worked at different universities and innovation consultancies in Norway (NTNU), UK (University of Cambridge) and Belgium (University Antwerp, Thomas More University College, shiftN) and was guest lecturer in amongst others Spain and the Netherlands.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database


  • Eidsvik Tvedt, Solveig; Verhulst, Elli. (2021) Sustainable Innovations in Norwegian SMEs Seen Through the Lens of Strategic Entrepreneurship. RENT XXXV . University of Turku; Turku. 2021-11-17 - 2021-11-19.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Brandshaug, Sigrid Westad. (2021) Entrepreneurial methods to support sustainable innovation. Its21 conference 2021 . DTU; Digital. 2021-06-23 - 2021-06-24.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Brenden, Stine Fridtun. (2021) Strategic Roadmapping Towards Industry 4.0 for Manufacturing SMEs. Advances in Production Management Systems : Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable and Resilient Production Systems : IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2021, Nantes, France, September 5–9, 2021, Proceedings, Part II.


  • Valle Kinloch, Cristian Roberto; Verhulst, Elli; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Junghans, Antje; Berker, Thomas. (2019) FM perceptions on occupant impact and the shaping of occupant engagement practice. Facilities. vol. 37 (11/12).
  • Sortland, Bjørn; Andersen, Nina Haugland; Anderson, Martha Kalvig; Brandshaug, Sigrid Westad; Espenes, Thomas Christian; Hagen, Einar; Gylland, Gunhild; Ramskjell, Bjørg Riibe; Rustad, Hanne; Skancke, Lars; Søyland, Tove Bredesen; Tranås, Rune; Veine, Sven; Verhulst, Elli. (2019) Experts in Teamwork 2020. Handbook for village supervisors and learning assistants. 2019. ISBN 9788279842132.


  • Verhulst, Elli; Andersen, Nina Haugland; Espenes, Thomas Christian; Brandshaug, Sigrid Westad; Konstad, Marte. (2018) Integrasjon av entreprenørielle metoder i emnet Eksperter i team. Læringsfestivalen 2018 . NTNU; Trondheim. 2018-05-03 - 2018-05-04.



  • Ali, Faheem; Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casparus Burghardus. (2016) The 'Nordic Approach' and how it may support Design for Sustainability. Proceedings of NordDesign 2016.
  • Geusens, Miranda; Verhulst, Elli. (2016) Integration of ecodesign in engineering programmes through the application of the Ecodesign in Higher Education kit (EHE kit). 8th Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD2016) . Institute for Sustainable Development and Ghent University; Bruges. 2016-09-04 - 2016-09-07.
  • Høiseth, Marikken; Verhulst, Elli. (2016) Reflection and reflexivity about an introductory design course. Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Aalborg University, Denmark, 8th-9th September 2016.
  • Lønvik, Siri Bjørnsund; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Verhulst, Elli. (2016) Achieving Readiness for Change for Successful Implementation of Service Design Projects: Learning from Change Management. Proceedings of NordDesign 2016.
  • Valle Kinloch, Roberto; Junghans, Antje; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Verhulst, Elli. (2016) People and Activities in Energy Efficient Buildings: Comparative Study of User, Owner and Facilities Management Perspectives in Schools. Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016 Volume II Environmental opportunities and challenges, constructing, commitment and acknowledging human experiences.





  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper. (2011) Implementation of life cycle thinking from a joint sustainable product design and change management research perspective. 2011 International Conference on Advanced Production Management Systems . IFIP Working Group 5.7 on Advances in Production Management; Stavanger. 2011-09-26 - 2011-09-28.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper. (2011) Resistance during the implementation of sustainable design. Design Management: Toward a new era of innovation. Proceedings of the 2011 Tsinghua-DMI International Design Management Symposium.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper. (2011) Sustainable design strategies in practice and their influence on business models. Design for Innovative Value Towards a Sustainable Society. Proceedings of Ecodesign 2011: 7th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing.


  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper. (2010) The role of human factors in the adoption of sustainable design criteria in business. Proceedings of the ERSCP_EMSU conference, Delft, The Netherlands, October 25-29, 2010.


  • Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casper; Masson, Henri. (2009) Implementing Sustainability Criteria in Product Innovations: a Human Process. Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.



  • Verhulst, Elli; Baelus, Chris. (2006) Implementation Of An Eco-Efficiency Approach Into The Methodology Roadmap For Integrated Product Development. ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION CONFERENCE . Salzburg University of Applied Sciences; Salzburg. 2006-09-07 - 2006-09-08.