I retired from my work at Sheffield Hallam University in October 2012
I am Emeritus Professor of Design at Sheffield Hallam but my principal interests now are in independent creative work rather than an academic or institutional role.
I am the designer and moderator of two interactive maps, the Sheffield Trees at Risk Map, and the Folk Music Map. And I am writing and performing songs on my own and especially with clarinettist Karen Hison, in our duo, Break a Leg!

Most Recent post (May 2009-Oct 2012)
Professor of Design
Director, Sheffield Institute of Arts
Head of Art and Design Department
Sheffield Hallam University

Other Roles
2009-2011  Non-Executive Director, Sheffield Cultural Industries Quarter Agency
2006-2009 Chair of Design Research Society Council
2005-06 Coordinator of AHRC Research Review of Practice-Led Research in Art, Design & Architecture

Professor of Design
Head of Art & Design Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University

Reader in Design, Sheffield Hallam University. Awarded Professorship in 2001

Senior Lecturer in Design, Sheffield Hallam University (Sheffield City Polytechnic)

Principal – Chris Rust Product and Vehicle Design Halifax, West Yorkshire – Design Consultancy

Full-time Education, Coventry Polytechnic, Industrial Design Transportation

Self Employed – Musician, Carpenter, Graphic Designer

Designer, Sales Engineer, Project Manager, Dexion Ltd (storage and materials handling equipment)

Marine Engineering Apprenticeship, Elder Dempster Lines Ltd

Visiting Lecturer work
Cambridge University, Brighton University, Kingston University, Salford University, Lancaster University, Bradford University, University of Sheffield, The Design Dimension Trust, Cardiff Institute of Art and Design, Leeds Polytechnic Welsh Design Advisory Service, Northern Ireland Design Board Staffordshire Polytechnic, Coventry University

Invited Speaker, Practice-Led Research

Goteborgs Universitet 2012
Politecnico di Milano 2012
Institute of Education (ESRC Seminar on new forms of doctorate) 2010
Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels, 2007/8/9/10/11
Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2009
Goldsmiths, University of London 2009
NSF Design Education Workshop, Chicago, 2009
Bauhaus University, Weimar, 2008
Oslo School of Architecture & Design 2008
Irish Working Group on Practice-Based Research, 2008
University for the Creative Arts, 2008
Leeds Metropolitan University, 2008
Glasgow School of Art 2007
Missenden Seminars – Practice-Led Research, 2007
Reading University, 2007
Anglia Ruskin University, 2007

External Examiner
PhD Open University 2012
PhD Plymouth University 2011
PhD 2009: Brunel University, University of Brighton
PhD 2008: Cambridge University, Middlesex University, University of Technology, Sidney
PhD 2007: Goteborg University (Opponent)
PhD 2006: Brunel University
University of Northumbria, MA Design Programme 2003-2008
University of Central England, PgCert in Research Methods for Art and Design 2002-2007
Brunel University MTech Apr 2003
Royal College of Art, MPhil, Apr 2000
Leeds School of Art (Leeds University) BA Hons Industrial Design 1997

Course Validation
Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland, Postgraduate Research programme, 2010
University of Central England, PgCert in Research Methods for Art and Design, Dec 2001
Royal College of Art, MA Vehicle Design, Nov 2000

Teaching Company Supervision
DAC Ltd, 1993-95
Booster Electric Vehicles Ltd, 1995-98
Kingkraft Ltd, 2000-2002
ROMPA Ltd 2001-2003

Advisor on Course Development
Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2009
Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem (PhD Programme), 2008
University of the Aegean, Syros, Greece. Department of Product and Systems Design, 2000

Committees etc
Design Research Society Council, elected member 2002-; Vice-Chair 2004-06; Chair 2006-2009
Sheffield Cultural Industries Quarter Agency, Director 2009-
DRS Biennial Conference 2008, Conference Organiser
Faraday Packaging Partnership, Board Member, 2005-2008
Norwegian School of Management 2003, Member of Professorial Appointment Committee
Design Research Society 2002, International Conference – Common Ground, member of organising committee and co-organiser of conference exhibition of research work.
Doctoral Education in Design Conference, La Clusaz, France, July 2000 (Design Research Society and Norwegian School of Management) Committee member.
UK Council For Graduate Education Working Party on Research Training in the Creative and Performing Arts and Design, 2000-2001
CoDesign – Interdisciplinary Journal of Design and Contextual Studies, Guest Editor for Computer Aided Design issue, 1995

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