I began my career in design as a studio assistant at the London company Flux Designs in 1985 moving onto work for a variety of companies until 1994 when I joined RDS London as partner and design director. RDS designed, developed, manufactured and sold furniture to clients as diverse as Diesel, the V&A Museum London, Scottish parliament, KLM, Foreign and The Royal Opera House London.
In 1999 I joined the Keen Group Ltd London, overseeing the design and development of office furniture products. Keen’s clients include Apple Computers, BBC, Chanel, IXC Tokyo and the Stella McCartney Studio.
In 2004 I joined Unitec in Auckland New Zealand where I was an Associate Professor and Head of the School of Art & Design. In 2010 I returned to the UK and took up a post at Sheffield Hallam University where I am Deputy Head of Department, Art & Design
In 2004 I joined Unitec in Auckland New Zealand where I was an Associate Professor and Head of the School of Art & Design. In 2010 I returned to the UK and took up a post at Sheffield Hallam University where I am currently responsible for taught Art & Design Postgraduate Courses. I am a member of the SHU Art and Design Research Centre, I am studying for a Doctorate and have research interests in Design + Social Innovation + Sustainability.
I began my career in design as a studio assistant at the London company Flux Designs in 1985 and also as a freelance designer for the US office furniture company Sunar Hauserman. In 1989 I began 'Square One' studio with clients including Viaduct Furniture, London/ Glosbrook and the Liverpool City Council. which eventually led to me joined RDS London as partner and design director in 1994. RDS designed, developed, manufactured and sold furniture to clients as diverse as Diesel, British Airways, the V&A Museum London, Scottish parliament, KLM, Foreign and Commonwealth Offices, The Royal Opera House London, British Council, Warner Music and Virgin Music.
In 1999 I joined the Keen Group Ltd London, overseeing the design and development of office furniture solutions. Keen’s clients include Apple Computers, BBC, Chanel, IXC Tokyo and the Stella McCartney Studio. As part of the expansion of Keen I moved to Spain to oversee design development and manufacture of Keen Products in Barcelona whilst at the same time designing in partnership with Jane Dillon and Tom Grieves working for International clients in the furniture industry.
My main area of interest is design for sustainability and social change.
Department of Art and Design
Science, Technology and Arts
- Art and Design Research Centre
- Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
My research interests include pedagogic practice, product innovation through sustainable design and design for health and wellbeing.
I am a strong advocate of integrating research and practice into teaching and learning and to this end the MA Design Programme works closely with the ADRC, international universities, communities, manufacturers, researchers and practitioners within a variety of disciplines.
- Green to Gold
- BioFurniture: Improving Materials Properties using Modified Flax and Innovative Design
- ‘Futuring the Kitchen’, design for inclusive cooking. In collaboration with Howdens Joinery & Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Cochrane, T., & Bateman, R. (2010). Smartphones give you wings: pedagogical affordances of mobile Web 2.0. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26 (1), 1-14.
Cochrane, T., Bateman, R., & Flitta, I. (2009). Facilitating social constructivist learning environments for product design Students using social software (Web2) and wireless mobile device. Design principles and practice, 3 (1), 67-88. http://www.design-journal.com/
Cochrane, T., & Bateman, R. (2009). Transforming pedagogy using mobile Web 2.0. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 1 (4), 56-83. http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?TitleId=1115
Levick-Parkin, M., Stirling, E., Hanson, M., & Bateman, R. (2017). AGENT MAKERS - The un-masking of environmental agency through design for speculative social innovation. In Making and Unmaking the Environment : Design History Society Annual Conference, University of Oslo, 7 September 2017 - 9 September 2017. http://www.makingandunmaking.net/programme/
Stirling, E., Hanson, M., Bateman, R., & Levick-Parkin, M. (2017). AGENT MAKERS – Exploring speculative design concepts as the interface for change within the city. In International Visual Methods Conference, Singapore, 16 August 2017 - 18 August 2017. http://www.visualmethods.info/
Bateman, R. (2016). Beyond the classroom – pedagogy for the real world. In Expanding Communities of Sustainable Practice, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, 15 October 2016. http://www.crest.ac.uk/events/expanding-communities-of-sustainable-practice/
Bateman, R., Craig, C., Hawley, G., & Stirling, E. (2015). Learning beyond borders : pioneering interdisciplinary learning and teaching approaches to promote socially responsible design practices. In Learning and Teaching Conference 2015, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, 25 June 2015. https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/ltconference/learning-and-teaching-conference-2015-programme/
Atkinson, P., Bateman, R., Gwilt, A., & Hanson, M. (2015). Space|Time|Place : enabling participation in design research for higher education staff. In The Value of Design Research, 11th International European Academy of Design Conference, Paris, 22 April 2015 - 24 April 2015. http://thevalueofdesignresearch.com/program/
Buchem, I., Cochrane, T., Bateman, R., Camacho, M., Gordon, A., & Keegan, H. (2012). Mlearning 2.0: The potential and challenges of collaborative mobile learning in participatory curriculum development in higher education. In IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2012, Berlin, 11 March 2012 - 13 March 2012.
Cochrane, T., & Bateman, R. (2010). Reflections on 3 years of mlearning implementation (2007-2009). In IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2010, Porto, Portugal. http://www.mlearning-conf.org/2010/
Cochrane, T., & Bateman, R. (2010). A mobile learning journey: Or "A tale of two academics' pedagogical partnership". In Sixth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, Free University, Berlin, Germany, 15 January 2010 - 17 January 2010. http://2010.techandsoc.com/index.html
Cochrane, T., & Bateman, R. (2009). mLearning Journeys: Redesigning Teaching for mLearning. In Teaching and Learning Conference 2009 : Teaching for Excellence --- Excellence in Teaching : eFest 2009, UCOL, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 30 September 2009 - 2 October 2009. http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-aotearoa-central-hub/events/teaching-and-learning-conference-2009-teaching-excellence-excellence
Cochrane, T., Flitta, I., & Bateman, R. (2009). Using Smartphones and Mobile Web 2.0 to Create a Mobile Computing Platform for Tertiary Education. In ANZAAE 2009, Dunedin New Zealand.
Cochrane, T., & Bateman, R. (2008). Engaging students with mobile web2.0. In Teaching and Learning Conference 2008 : Student Success: A New Era in Ways of Learning, Eastern Institute of Technology, Taradale, Hawkes Bay, 1 October 2008 - 3 October 2008. http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/community/recommended-resources-ako-aotearoa/resources/books/engaging-students-mobile-web20
Bateman, R., & Craig, C. (2015). Developing interdisciplinary learning and teaching approaches to promote socially responsible design practices. In In a planet of our own, Mumbai, India, 2015 - 2015.
Bateman, R., & Craig, C. (2016). Design in the Real world. Open Design for E-very-thing, Exploring New Design Purposes. http://www.cumulusassociation.org/open-design-of-e-very-thing/
Cochrane, T., & Bateman, R. (2013). A mobile Web 2.0 framework : reconceptualising teaching and learning. In Trentin, G., & Repetto, M. (Eds.) Using network and mobile technology to bridge formal and informal learnin. (pp. 57-86). Woodhead Publishing: Chandos Publishing: http://www.chandospublishing.com/
Bateman, R., Atkinson, P., & Roddis, J. (2011). From academy to industry to user : engaging stakeholders in sustainable material development. In Coelho da Rocha Bartolo, H.M. (Ed.) Proceedings of SIM2011: Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing. (pp. 729-736). Leiria, Portugal: IST Press
Cochrane, T., Bateman, R., Buchem, L., Camacho, M., Gordon, A., Keegan, H., & Rhodes, D. (2011). MLearning 2.0 : fostering international collaboration. In Candel Torres, I., Gómez Chova, L., & López Martínez, A. (Eds.) ICERI 2011 conference proceedings. (pp. 42-51). International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED)
Bateman, R. (2010). BioChair : adding value to the biomaterial story. In Cumulus Working Papers. Auckland. (pp. 14-18). Aalto, Finland: Cumulus Association, Aalto University: http://www.cumulusassociation.org/component/content/979-cumulus-working-papers-auckland-2309/162
Cochrane, T., & Bateman, R. (2010). Strategies for mlearning integration : evaluating a case study of staging and scaffolding mlearning integration across a three-year bachelor’s degree. In Creanor, L., Hawkridge, D., Ng, K., & Rennie, F. (Eds.) “Into something rich and strange” – making sense of the sea-change. ALT-C 2010 Conference proceedings. (pp. 11-20). ALT: http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2010/
Cocharne, T., & Bateman, R. (2010). Pedagogy 2.0 : invigorating a paper based design history course. In Gómez Chova, L., Martí Belenguer, D., & Candel Torres, I. (Eds.) EDULEARN10 Proceedings : 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. (pp. 5313-5322). International Association of Technology, Education and Development
Cocharne, T., Bateman, R., & Flitta, I. (2009). Integrating mobile web 2.0 within tertiary education. In Méndez-Vilas, A., Solano Martín, A., Mesa González, J.A., & Mesa González, J. (Eds.) Research, Reflections and Innovations in Integrating ICT in Education. (pp. 1348-1352). Badajoz, Spain: FORMATEX
Cochrane, T., Bateman, R., Cliffin, P., Henderson, I., & Holloway, S. (2009). Mobilizing learning: mobile Web 2.0 scenarios in tertiary education. In Chova, L.G., Belenguer, D.M., & Torres, I.C. (Eds.) Edulearn09 : International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies : Conference Proceedings. International Association of Technology, Education and Development: http://www.iated.org/edulearn09/
Cochrane, T., Bateman, R., & Flitta, I. (2009). Integrating Mobile Web 2.0 within tertiary education. In Méndez-Vilas, A., Solano Martín, A., Mesa González, J.A., & Mesa González, J. (Eds.) Research, Reflections and Innovations in Integrating ICT in Education. (pp. 1348-1352). FORMATEX: Badajoz, Spain: http://www.formatex.org/micte2009/volume3.htm
Bateman, R. (Ed.). (2016). Autopsy. Sheffield: Sheffield Institute of Arts.
Bateman, R., & Hanson, M. (2015). Green to Gold - Necklace.
Bateman, R. (2010). BioChair. [Design for chair range].
Bateman, R., Dillion, J., & Grieves, T. (2003). Clia Office Chair Range.
Bateman, R., & Hanson, M. (n.d.). Green to Gold - Necklace.
Bateman, R., & Weager, B. (n.d.). JEC Europe Composite Show and Conferences. Paris. http://www.jeccomposites.com/events/jec-europe-2014
Bateman, R., & Hanson, M. (2015). BioFurniture & Green to Gold. Paris. http://www.jeccomposites.com/events/jec-europe-2015
Bateman, R. (2016). Autopsy. [Book]. SIA Building.
Bateman, R., & Craig, C. (2016). Down Memory Lane : exploring memory loss. [Digital Film].
Bateman, R., & Reed, H. (2011). Sustainable intelligent manufacturing barriers and approaches. Presented at: International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing (SIM 2011), Center for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal, 2011
Cochrane, T., & Bateman, R. (2008). Engaging students with mobile web2.0. Presented at: E-Fest 2008, SkyCity Auckland Convention Centre, 2008
Bateman, R., & Cochrane, T. (2010). mLearning journey. Presented at: The PLE Conference 2010, Barcelona, 2010
Bateman, R. (2009). Natural business in New New Zealand. Presented at: Unitec 2009 : Learning, Teaching and Research Symposium, Mt Albert Campus, Unitec, New Zealand
Bateman, R. (2015). BioFurniture. Paris, France: CELC: https://studiobateman.wordpress.com/design-research-and-practice/design-research/bio-furniture/
Roger is interested in the complexity of contemporary society and how social innovation is spreading and its potential, as a driver of sustainable change, is increasing. Through his work at Sheffield Hallam University Roger is facilitating this process with the postgraduate design students using design thinking and design knowledge to co-create, with local, regional and global partners, socially relevant scenarios, solutions and communication programs.