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

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Journal publications


  • Sortland, Bjørn; Andersen, Nina Haugland; Anderson, Martha Kalvig; Brandshaug, Sigrid Westad; Espenes, Thomas Christian; Hagen, Einar; Asbjørnsdatter Helgesen, Hanne Charlotte; Gylland, Gunhild; Ramskjell, Bjørg Riibe; Rustad, Hanne; Skancke, Lars; Søyland, Tove Bredesen; Tranås, Rune; Veine, Sven; Verhulst, Elli. (2019) Eksperter i team 2020. Håndbok for landsbyledere og læringsassistenter. 2019. ISBN 9788279842125.

Part of book/report

  • Ali, Faheem; Verhulst, Elli; Boks, Casparus Burghardus. (2016) The 'Nordic Approach' and how it may support Design for Sustainability. Proceedings of NordDesign 2016.
  • 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; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2015) Practice-oriented research into energy management and use in non-residential buildings: the reliability gap framework. eceee Summer Study proceedings. eceee 2015 Summer Study First fuel now.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Rohaert, Sarah; Van Doorsselaer, Karine. (2015) How to incorporate Sustainable Design in the International European Project semester programme: Insights from practice. Great expectations : design teaching, research & enterprise : proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Loughborough Design School, University of Loughborough, United Kingdom, 3rd-4th September 2015.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Dewit, Ivo; Boks, Casper. (2012) Implementation of sustainable innovations and business models. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability.
  • 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; Brandshaug, Sigrid Westad. (2021) Entrepreneurial methods to support sustainable innovation. Its21 conference 2021 . DTU; Digital. 2021-06-23 - 2021-06-24.