Before joining City University in 1977, Roy Batchelor worked as a government scientist, and as a forecaster at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Professor Batchelor's research focuses on economic and financial forecasting, rationality and behavioural finance, and risk management in financial markets. Earlier in his career, he authored books and journal articles on broader issues of industrialization and trade, exchange rate policy, protectionism and monetary policy, and the construction and interpretation of consumer and business surveys. Professor Batchelor has been Associate Editor of the International Journal of Forecasting. He has acted as consultant to a leading firm of London stockbrokers, an international market research organisation, the London International Financial Futures Exchange, the World Gold Council and a number of governmental committees. He is also a Visiting Professor of Finance at the ESCP-EAP European School of Management in Paris.
Batchelor supervised the PhD thesis of Richard Ramyar, a former Director of the United Kingdom Society of Technical Analysts and formerly Global Head of Research at Lipper and Thomson Reuters Wealth Management. The first empirical chapter debunked Golden ratio-based quantitative analysis in the US equity market. This work was described in multiple business news outlets, and he has also received press coverage for his other work on finance.
- "Not since the 'big is beautiful' days have giants looked better", Tom Stevenson, The Daily Telegraph, 10 April 2006. "Technical failure", The Economist, 23 September 2006.
- "Study finds private-sector predictions more accurate", Financial Times, 23 September 2000. "IMF's economic forecasts criticized", Taipei Times, 6 May 2001.