Max Kleijberg is a designer and Ph.D. student at Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) at the division for Innovative Care. His doctoral project is part of the DöBra research program which aims to diminish avoidable suffering related to dying, death and bereavement from a public health perspective, mainly by supporting conversations about death and bereavement at individual, family, community, and societal levels. In his doctoral work Max collaborates with community organisations to develop intergenerational meeting places where children and elderly together work on art projects with themes related to dying, death, and bereavement.
Max grew up in the Netherlands. He has a bachelor degree in Industrial Product Design from Hague University in the Netherlands (2010) and a Master of Fine Arts in Experience Design from Konstfack in Stockholm (2013). He developed an interest for social entrepreneurship and innovation in health care through his involvement at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, first as student, later as skills trainer and course leader.
In 2013 Max got a position at Karolinska Institutet at the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship where he worked on strategic projects to implements elements of entrepreneurship in the different study programs at the university. In 2015 he got involved in the DöBra research program where he got the opportunity to develop a research plan and pursue doctoral studies.