Planet Earth as viewed from space

Environmental sustainability is a major focus for our research across the School, especially related to the textile and fashion industries.

Professor Stephen Russell leads Future Fashion Factory a multi-million-pound project which forms part of the AHRC Creative Clusters Programme. The project seeks to develop new digital and advanced textile technologies in a drive for circularity in the production of high-end design products.

Fashion and sustainability expert Mark Sumner has advised the government on the environmental and ethical implications of ‘fast fashion’. He has also taken a co-investigator role on a recent project, funded by the British Academy which is investigating modern slavery in the fashion industry.

Academic research in the Environment theme 

Professor Richard Blackburn's research on sustainable dyes has generated significant impact both through the spin-out company Keracol, and through his widely cited paper on the use of waste berry skins LINK.

Dr Eunsuk Hur has a growing body of work on sustainability in fashion.

Dr Pammi Sinha is a co-author on the first book to fully examine the concept and applications of Remanufactured Fashion. She also has a number of journal articles on waste materials and fashion supply chains.

Find out more about our research in and Fashion Design, Textile Technology and Practice as Research.