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Dr Erik Bohemia

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Senior Lecturer

Dr Erik Bohemia is the Programme Director in the Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University London. Erik has been a visiting professor with Polytechnic University of Milan and University of Ljubljana. He also worked at TU Delft as a visiting scholar. He has co-chaired the 2012 and 2014 International Design Management Research Conferences and is one of the co-chairs for the upcoming Design Management Academy 2017 International Research Conference to be hosted by Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Erik completed his BDes (Honours) at RMIT University, Melbourne and his doctorate at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Erik is an elected member of DRS Council, an international society for developing and supporting the interests of the design research community. He has co-chaired key international design education research conferences. He has published extensively including co-editing a number of special issues in various design journals. Prior working in the UK he was Associate Head of School at UWS in Australia.

  • DSC031 The Global Studio (UG)
  • LLP001 Identity Culture and Communication (PG)
  • LLP004 Meaning–Making in Design (PG)
  • LLP006 International Project (PG)

Erik is interested in Design as a cultural practice and the material effects of design. He is currently researching the construction of the user and how this guides the design process.

Erik is currently supervising 3 PhD candidates whose research topics are exploring: Sustainable Luxury; Design-led New Product Development in SMEs; and Assessing Design Creativity.

Erik is interested in Design pedagogy and has developed an innovative international collaboration named the Global Studio http://theglobalstudio.eu/ The Global Studio provides a platform for undertaking research and developing cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The Global Studio equips students with specific knowledge and skills required to work in globally networked organisations and distributed design teams. Over the past 10 years over 850 students have taken part and benefited from this initiative.

  • Lauche K, Connor C, Badke-Schaub P, Bohemia E, Distributed Collaboration in Design Education: Practising Designer and Clients Roles, Editors Bohemia E, Harman K, Page T, Journal of Design Research, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp. 238-258, DOI 10.1504/JDR.2008.024193, ISSN 1748-3050 Publisher inderscience 

  • Davison G, Bohemia E, Authentic Learning: The gift project, Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp. 49-61, Publication date 2012, ISSN 1360-1431, eISSN 2040-8633 

  • Bohemia E, Harman K, McDowell L,  Intersections: The utility of an 'Assessment for Learning' discourse for Design educators, Editors Shreeve A, Austerlitz N, Journal Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp. 123-134, Publication date 01 Dec 2009, DOI 10.1386/adch.8.2.123/1, ISSN 1474-273X, eISSN 2040-0896

  • Bohemia E, Harman K, Globalization and Product Design Education: The Global Studio, Editors Rieple A, Kim JB, Design Management Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp. 53-68, DOI 10.1111/j.1948-7177.2008.tb00014.x, ISSN 1948-7177

  • Bohemia, E. (2002). Designer as integrator: reality or rhetoric? The Design Journal, 5(2), 23-34.

  • Harman, K., & Bohemia, E. (2007) Structure and Play: Rethinking Regulation in the Higher Education Sector. [Speciall Issue: Creativity or conformity: building cultures of creativity in higher education]. Industry and Higher Education, 21(5), 367-374.

  • Bohemia, E., Harman, K., & Lauche, K. (2009). The Global Studio: Linking Research, Teaching and Learning. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press.

  • Bohemia, E., & Ghassan, A. (2012). Globally Networked Collaborative Learning in Industrial Design. American Journal of Distance Education, 26(2), 110–125.DOI: 10.1080/08923647.2012.663678