Dr Erik Bohemia
Programme Director, Institute for Design Innovation
Erik joins Loughborough University London from the Loughborough Design School. His current research explores changes associated with Globalisation and the impact of these changes on Design.
He recently led an AHRC funded project exploring how new digital technologies are affecting and changing New Product Development and innovation, with a major focus on the design practices of geographically distributed design teams. He is also an elected council member of the Design Research Society (DRS).
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 and published extensively including co-editing a number of special issues in various design journals. Prior to working in the UK Erik was the Associate Head of School at UWS in Australia.
Current research and collaborations
Erik collaborated with high profile overseas universities and multinational industry partners based in the USA, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil and Korea in collaborative research, teaching and learning activities.
Current PhD / research supervisions
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.
Interests and activities
Erik is interested in Design pedagogy and has developed an innovative international collaboration named The Global Studio. 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.