Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

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Dr Erik Bohemia

Senior Lecturer

Tel +44 (0) 1509 226958

Location Loughborough University in London

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Dr Erik Bohemia PhD (UNSW); Bdes Hons (RMIT); BA (N’cleNSW) is Senior Lecturer in Industrial/Product Design 

As a researcher and an educator in the field of design I am interested in the skills and competencies of designers and the match between these and industry requirements.   My current research explores changes associated with Globalisation and the impact of these changes on Design.   This research has been used to develop the Global Studio http://theglobalstudio.eu/ .   The aims of the Global Studio are linked with current and future industry needs associated with contemporary changes in the development of products and including the shift to the use of distributed teams in the product development process.

I am elected member of the Design Research Society (DRS) council and I am responsible for the Events Officer portfolio post. The Design Research Society is the multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community worldwide.www.designresearchsociety.org  

I have been appointed as member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College.   The Peer Review College plays a vital role in the AHRC's peer review systems. Members provide expert quality reviews of funding proposals within their areas of expertise, which inform the AHRC's decision making processes.


Further, I have been invited to be on steering committees and scientific review panels for international conferences organised by high profile international learned societies such as:

I have co-chaired the 2012 International Design Management Research Conference: Leading Innovation Through Design.   This is one of the peak research conferences in the area of Design Management.   The conference was organised by the Design Management Institute and it was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. http://www.dmi.org/dmi/html/conference/academic12/academic.htm

I also co-chaired an international conference on Engineering and Product Design Education in participation with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIGN) of the Design Society, the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), in collaboration with the British-HCI Group and endorsed by the Design Research Society (DRS).




Erik is a member of Design Practice Research Group.

Erik's ongoing research interest is examining product development processes in geographically distributed and cross-cultural product development teams. The Global Studio provides a platform to undertake this research and develop cross-institution and cross-disciplinary engagement. For example, during the past five years, I successfully led to completion eight international collaborative research projects involving high profile overseas university and multinational industry partners in collaborative research, teaching and learning activities. Participating institutions based in the UK, USA, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Netherlands, Australia and Korea.


I have recently led to completion an AHRC research funded Research Network titled Brief Encounters in collaboration with: Lancaster University; City University London; and supported by Philips; Chartered Society of Designers; Design Council and Institute of Engineering Designers. http://briefencountersnetwork.com/

The major aim of this project was to explore and stimulate debate around how new digital technologies are affecting and changing knowledge translation in New Product Development and innovation, with a major focus on design practice undertaken by geographically distributed design teams.

Three workshops were organised to explore challenges associated with undertaking design by distributed teams and to suggest possible ways forward in re-think how design practices are impacted by new technologies. Insights gained from workshops suggest that companies ranging from Philips Research to the tiny but excellent radarstation are looking for creative ways of practicing design across different locations. New tools, processes and techniques need to be developed to make the design collaboration across geographically dispersed teams better and different from conventional modes of design rooted in the last century. This is one of the key aims informing the research projects growing out of this project.

I have also competed project titled 'Open ICT Tools' commissioned by the JISC infoNet. This was one of 8 nationally funded projects. The project was part of the national priority Business & Community Engagement programme (BCE). This programme has been designed to support institutions in their strategic management of relationships with commercial, public sector, cultural, social and civic organisations, in order to deliver services which benefit the economy and society http://www.jisc.ac.uk/inform/inform34/ExternalEngagement.html . The Open ICT Project was undertaken by a cross-institutional team comprising staff from the School of Design, LTech, CETL, and IT Services. The report is available from the JISC infoNet website http://issuu.com/jiscinfonet/docs/bcect_northumbria_final_report

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