About Canela

We help you understand people

Canela is a research and strategy consultancy that tackles messy human problems.

We combine expertise in the social sciences with deep technical knowledge and business know-how. This positions us perfectly to solve complex, multi-faceted business and policy problems.

Our team helps all kinds of organisations to better serve consumers, communities and citizens. We are based in The Hague and we operate globally.

Curious about what Canela does? Check out our Projects and Publications section.

About Canela


Research, ‘riting and a little bit of ‘rithmetic

Qualitative research

Our qualitative services include research design, discovery, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, and a host of innovative methods.

Knowledge synthesis

We bring together knowledge from diverse disciplines - economics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and more - to shed new light on human problems.

Strategy consulting

Canela helps organisations build strategies for deeply engaging with people, whether as consumers, clients or citizens.

UX research

Usability testing, diary/camera studies and participatory design are just some of the ways we can help you understand your customers.

Facilitation & knowledge capture

Canela can help you have the conversations that matter, capture knowledge shared and help you integrate it into your practices.

Workshops & training

We run co-creation and strategy workshops, and train professionals to better work with messy human problems.


A selection of our work around the globe


We create topical analyses, toolkits and event reports for diverse clients


It's people who make us able to "people"


Professional & personal engagement is part of what we do!

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The Hague, Netherlands