Affiliation: Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University
An Associate Professor in the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising and Oklahoma State University, Dr. Armstrong's research foundation has been focused by sustainability education for both university students and consumers. Her interests in sustainable fashion consumption include the topics of product service systems, collaborative consumption, personal authenticity and style, as well as spirituality
Affiliation: Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute and Professor of Innovation and Sustainability, Manchester University
Frank Boons has an interest in advancing the understanding how material flows in systems of provision, including textiles and fashion. As a social scientist, he works on business models and processes of transition towards sustainability. As Academic Fellow for Resources and Waste in the UK Government Defra Systems Research Programme he seeks to bring this knowledge into policy making.
Affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Human Geography at Stockholm University in Sweden & the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney
Dr. Brydges is investigating sustainability and the circular economy, with a focus on the fashion industry, through a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR). This project draws on a number of case studies including, the Swedish (fast) fashion industry, international sustainable fashion intermediaries, and an exploration of fashion rental platforms in Canada.
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
Dr. Diddi’s research focuses on sustainable clothing consumption and production. Her interest in sustainability-related issues in the textiles and clothing industry is grounded in her concern related to fashion overconsumption and its effect on the environment and society. Dr. Diddi’s research has components related to apparel companies’ corporate social responsibility (CSR), the social-psychological aspects that influence consumption, and post-consumer textile waste in landfills and its effects on human health and public policy implications. To address the alarming rate of textiles and clothing consumption, Dr. Diddi constantly seeks out ways to engage with the local community to gain a sense of the broader relevance of her research in society.
Affiliation: Affiliation: Postdoctoral Researcher, Aalto University
Dr Durrani's research resides at the intersection of social anthropology, consumer culture and environmental sustainability. The focus of her research has been on investigating the role self-starting grass roots repair movements on instigating change in everyday clothing use practices. Current research includes examining the relationship between social innovation and existing policy frameworks in steering processes of pro-environmental transitions.
Affiliation: Lecturer in Fashion Marketing Management, University of Manchester
Her research interest focuses on sustainability, sustainable consumption, fashion, and technology. Her recent work explores the circular economy, more specifically disruptive business model innovations, such as swapping. Claudia is one of the founding members of the SIG Sustainability.
Affiliation: Postdoctoral researcher at Technische Universität Berlin
Since 2013 the focus of my research has been on “sustainable fashion consumption”. For my doctoral thesis, I worked on the concept of collaborative fashion consumption in a cross-cultural context. For about three years (2016-2019) I was research fellow in a real-laboratory project “Dietenheim zieht an” at the Ulm University. Since September 2019 I hold a postdoctoral research position at Technische Universität Berlin, working in a project on “education for sustainable fashion consumption with positive spillover effects through real-life experiments”. As a part of this transformational real-laboratory research, pupils will develop, implement, and evaluate real-life experiments for sustainable fashion consumption (e.g. a clothing library or a sewing café), together with scientists, teachers and other practitioners (more info: https://www.aloenk.tu-berlin.de/menue/forschung/bntextillabor/).
Affiliation: Assistant Professor Merchandising and Digital Retailing, University of North Texas
My research is focused on sustainability and transformative behavior. More specifically, I explore the ways in which social and environmental initiatives perpetuate sustainable transformation, assuring corporate, collective and personal well-being. I am also interested in the boundary conditions that prevent the translation of motives into action. Research topics in which I am interested include the following: Sustainability reporting in the retail industry with a focus on public disclosures and compliance mechanisms (including corporate websites, annual reports, labels, and product certificates); Social and environmental business strategies for sustainability-oriented innovative retail brands; Outsourcing and responsible supply chain management; Circular production and consumption; Apparel product safety and consumers protection; Consumers’ engagement in sustainable apparel purchasing behaviors and practices.
Affiliation: Research Assistant, Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, University of Bergen
Eleanor is a writer and researcher from Manchester, UK. She studied a BA in French at the University of London Institute in Paris and has an MSc in Digital Anthropology from the University College London. She has written about the intersection of digital culture, fashion, art and climate for Huffington Post, Tatler, and Stylist Magazine and writes a “Climate Crisis Therapy” column for Screen Shot Magazine London. Working at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation at the University of Bergen in Norway, she is currently researching urban carbon cultures and (digital) spectacles of climate politics within the fashion industry. She is a member of the board for The Revival, a community-led sustainable design initiative creating art and jobs with upcycled global textile waste coming to Ghana.
Affiliation: PhD student, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
Emma initially trained as a Fashion designer and then worked in South-East Asia for five years designing lingerie for International brands. Emma left her career as a designer and since has worked as writer, independent researcher and sustainability activist for the last ten years. During her current PhD research on Personal Sustainability Transitions in Clothing Consumption, Emma founded the public behaviour change intervention, the Fashion Detox Challenge, based on pioneering research from the U.S. by Ruppert-Stroescu et al. (2015) and Joyner Armstrong et al. (2016). This project invites members of the public to stop buying new clothing for ten weeks and to reflect on the experience via a private online forum called the Detox Diary. Over three hundred people are currently subscribed to the challenge worldwide and Emma is in the process of writing up her initial findings in a qualitative study for her PhD thesis.
Affiliation: Senior lecturer in Fashion Business and Marketing at The University of Manchester
Dr McCormick’s research interests cover contemporary trends in Fashion Business, investigating digital strategy and innovation in the retail industry. The focus of her research is on consumption behaviour, marketing communications and customer engagement; more recently focusing on sustainable business practices in fashion retail and responsible consumption behaviour management.
Affiliation: Associate Professor, Otago University
Associate Dean Postgraduate Research, Otago Business School
Dr Lisa McNeill is a Associate Professor of Marketing in the Otago Business School, Otago University, New Zealand. Dr McNeill specialises in consumer behaviour research, with a particular focus on sustainable and ethical fashion, and fashion consumer behaviour. Most of her research explores the notion of fashion as an identity construction tool, and asks how fashion sensitive consumers can moderate their attitudes and behaviours toward textile consumption and waste. Dr McNeill’s recent research projects include: an examination of the slow fashion ethos among small, local retailers; attitudes toward collaborative consumption of fashion by young female consumers; the role of textile repair and maintenance in fashion wardrobe curation and disposal – a cross cultural examination in Korea, New Zealand and Canada; and consumer ability to interpret ethical labelling on fast fashion products – measuring the impact of ‘ethical’, ‘organic’, ‘child labour free’ and ‘Tear Fund rated’.
Affiliation: Associate Professor in Design, especially Fashion Research, Aalto University, Finland
Kirsi Niinimäki’s research has focused on holistic understanding of sustainable fashion and textile fields and connections between design, manufacturing, business models and consumption. Her research group the Fashion/Textile Futures, http://ftfutures.aalto.fi, is involved in several significant research projects, which integrate closed loop, bio-economy and circular economy approaches in fashion and textile systems and extends the understanding of strategic sustainable design. Kirsi Niinimäki has published widely and her newest book Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy is published 2018.
You can find it open access https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/36608 More information; https://research.aalto.fi/portal/kirsi.niinimaki.html
Affiliation: Founder of MSKPU (International Fashion School, Warsaw)
Doctorate in Design (IADE Creative University, Portugal) and Master in Fashion Design (State Academy of Arts, Poland). Author of "Ethics In Fashion - CSR In The Clothing Industry"; a bestseller amongst publications dedicated to this topic in Poland. She is a State Court Expert in fashion design and a member of advisory group next to Polish Ministry of Development and Investitions. Dr Płonka has been a panellist during prestigious Ghent Global Fashion Conference 2014, where she delivered alongside with Hermes management representatives or Gallagher Clark. Since 2007 dr Płonka has been teaching CSR -Corporate Social Responsibility in textile industry around Europe as well as at MSKPU in Warsaw. Throughout her education career she gave lectures in countries such as Poland, Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Latvia and China.
Affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow, University Milan-Bicocca and University of Geneva
Dr. Vladimirova is broadly interested in social transformation towards sustainability and currently works on fashion consumption and social change in Europe. Katia’s current projects explore the role of minimalist fashion challenges as a for a for sufficiency discussions, social media and Instagram in particular as an avenue for spreading awareness and social change in fashion consumption, and justice dimensions of a social change towards sustainable fashion.
Affiliation: Lecturer and Coordinator for Sustainability Education, Bochum University of Applied Sciences
Researcher, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Before joining the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Stephan Wallaschkowski was a research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He formerly also worked for the Environment and Resources Department of the Fraunhofer Institute Dortmund and for the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Essen regarding consumer and corporate social responsibility.
Stephan Wallaschkowski holds a graduate diploma in management, economics and sociology from
the Ruhr University Bochum. During his studies he focused on consumer behavior, empirical research
methods and on socio-economic transitions. Therefore he is a specialist for sustainable consumption
and for the role of consumers for sustainable development. Currently he’s doing his PhD at Leuphana
University of Lüneburg, working on sustainable clothing consumption from gender perspective.
Affiliation: Founder, Neovili
Milena Amaral is professional that evolved in the fields of business development, operations and procurement in the Luxury Goods and Fashion Industry. She is interested in understanting fashion consumption from the perspective of ‘closing the loop’ in circular fashion especially the options to support the consumers in their efforts. She is currently leading Neovili, an ambitious, socially and environmentally engaged cleantech platform that makes easier for the Luxury and Fashion conglomerates to assess and offset their environmental footprint using the LCA methodology and blockchain protocol.
Affiliation: CEO of SENSA Sustainable Thinking, Poland
Marta Karwacka CEO of SENSA Sustainable Thinking, author of the How to Wear Fair blog. Business sociologist, Dr. Marta Karwacka works with companies in the field of value management, circular economy, cross-sectoral cooperation and sustainable consumption. She belongs to the team of experts of the Responsible Business Forum and is a juror of: Verba Veritatis, Sustainable Fashion Award and Positive Impact Start-ups. She is the author of the first book on the Polish market on the cooperation of business with non-governmental organizations in terms of CSR. The blog Blog How to Wear Fair - her fashion project - aim is to raise consumer awareness of the (ir)responsibility of the fashion industry. Her contribution to the promotion of sustainable development in the fashion sector was awarded the ELLE Style Awards 2018 statuette by ELLE Magazine.
Affiliation: Cofounder of Cooperative Buna, Slovenia
Živa Lopatič is a practitioner, cofounder of Cooperative BUNA and leader of Fair Trade movement in Slovenia. She promotes, develops and manages business practices based on principles of social and solidarity economy and focuses on bringing together businesses, NGOs, politicians and consumers (users) through different projects, events, business practices, raising awareness activities, lecturing, workshops etc. Sustainable fashion became one of her priorities in 2015 when she connected more than 35 organisations throughout Slovenia to start promoting alternatives to fast fashion. One of here on-going projects is Fair Foto, which presents sustainable alternatives to fast fashion and promotes local initiatives.