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Dr Ray Batchelor PhD, MA (RCA), FRSA

Ray Batchelor
  • Principal Lecturer

Professional experience

An academic for 25 years, he has taught the history and theory of design to design students. With colleague, Dr Helena Chance, Dr Ray Batchelor has developed and introduced The New Model Dissertation - a means for students to submit dissertations in alternative formats.

For the last 10 years he has run a range of research projects which make use of the Argentinian tango.

Scholarly interests

Argentinian Tango

Queer Tango as a means of:

...fostering leadership skills

...encouraging greater inclusivity for  D/deaf people

...improving football skills and countering homophobia

The history of Queer Tango


He dances and teaches Queer Tango, running dedicated Queer Tango workshops for industry.

Selected publications


The Queer Tango Book, an e-book. Sole author, or with others, co-editor with, Birthe Havmoeller, Olaya Aramo, 2015

Henry Ford: Mass Production, Modernism and Design, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1994

Selected essays, articles, papers and chapters

‘Coming Out to Dance? The social and political benefits of dancing Queer Tango in the mainstream; and of the mainstream dancing Queer Tango’ in Havmoeller. B. (ed), The Queer Tango Book, e-book, 2015

Burge, J., Batchelor, R., Cox, L., ‘Shall I lead now? Learner experiences of leader-follower relationships through engagement with the dance’, in Melina. L., Burgess, G.,, Falkman, L., Marturano, A. (eds.), The Embodiment of Leadership, Jossey-Bass, Hoboken, N. J., USA, 2013

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Selected external conferences, papers and contributions

‘Uncovering the Histories and Pre-Histories of Queer Tango: contextualizing and documenting an innovative form of social dancing’


SDHS & CORD Conference

Iowa City



13 – 16 November 2014

‘The New Model Dissertation: A Dissertation Proposal and Brief for a Digital Age’

Designs on e-Learning: Forging Connections

Texas State University

Austin, Texas


17 – 20 September 2014

Queer Tango Workshop + Performance

…as part of the CoLab Project with dance students from

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Greenwich, London

17 – 20 February 2014

‘Designing relations in the studio: dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty in one to one exchanges.’ Co-authored with Prof. Alison Shreeve,

Design Research Society Conference 2012

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand,

1 – 4 July 2012