Researcher

Associate Professor Alison Gwilt

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Textile and fashion design, Design practice and methods, Sustainable design

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Biography

In my work as a fashion design researcher, author and consultant I examine and promote innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators, to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices. My work focuses on the use of positive/sustainable and circular design interventions that challenge the current production and consumption paradigm.

My books include,...view more

In my work as a fashion design researcher, author and consultant I examine and promote innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators, to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices. My work focuses on the use of positive/sustainable and circular design interventions that challenge the current production and consumption paradigm.

My books include, ‘Shaping Sustainable Fashion’ (with Timo Rissanen) Routledge, 2011; ‘Fashion Design for Living’ Routledge, 2015; and ‘Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion’ (with Alice Payne and Evelise Anicet Ruthschilling) Bloomsbury, 2019; ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ Bloomsbury, 2020 (2nd edition).

I hold a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne and a BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design from Central St Martins College of Art in London, and I have worked in academia in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Following my role as Reader in Fashion and Sustainability at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, I relocated to Australia in 2017.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Sustainability and fashion/textile design; circularity and the fashion industry; design-led strategies;
The fashion and textile design process; new directions or models of fashion / textiles design practice
Fashion as an interdisciplinary practice; human-centred approaches to design practice; fashion, textiles, health and well-being


Currently supervising

Emma Peters, PhD student: Designing new circular pathways for post-consumer textile waste in the bedlinen industries.

Alia Parker, Scientia PhD student: Critical bio-textiles: Reconceptualising human-centred design through collaboration with Mycelium


My Teaching

I am a convenor for Textiles courses at UNSW Art & Design.

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Location

Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd
Paddington, NSW 2021 Australia