Rod is Associate Professor, Deputy Head of Design and senior academic at the School of Design, University of Northumbria, UK. His work develops new interdisciplinary research that connects education and the professional practices of design. Central to his academic practice is a continual enrichment of a designed society powered by original creative knowledge. His work focuses on the places of work through an examination of design anthropology and the social sciences. Publications include The Spatial Diorama: The act of the interior (A five-act play) in Interior Futures by Curzon Publishing (2018) and a new monograph: Interior Design: A Global Profession (2020) by Routledge.