Our research explores
our interdependencies with each other and with nature, played out in and through fashion as social, cultural, economic, educational and artistic practice.
We engage in diversely informed, critical discourse, exploring Fashion Design for Sustainability’s epistemological, philosophical and ontological elements. Our multiple approaches and methodologies are informed by the diverse backgrounds and interests of our researchers, all contributing to realising the centre’s ambitions.
Research is one of the three foundational pillars of Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), it demonstrates our bold and radical approach to questioning, originating, and co-creating new understanding of fashion in the context of the three-fold crisis of planetary, personal, and societal health.
Our research takes a systemic approach to create knowledge, understanding, and practice of fashion in its ecological context. Through the premise of equity and the valuing of diverse perspectives, we challenge exploitative practices, social inequality, and discrimination in gender, race, culture, class, and religious terms. Our collaborative research is informed by and informs a diverse range of participants including students, designers, tutors, fashion industry leaders, politicians, UK, EU and international governments, peers, physical and virtual communities, journalists, NGOs, and citizens around the world.
We shape and contribute to Fashion Design for Sustainability as a field of research in cultures and practices of fashion as sustainability in action.
We create, exhibit, and publish world-recognised research in:
Cultures and Practices of Sustainability
Sufficiency: Questioning Consumption and Growth Ecological Literacy
Action in Climate Emergency
Social, Racial, Gender and Intergenerational Justice Community Resilience
Practices of Care and Wellbeing
We are a UAL Research Centre
We are one of UAL’s 8 Research Centres providing a focus for excellence in research in identified areas of strength. Research Centres support groups of researchers in a range of activities that extend beyond the remit of individual projects, creating an environment where debate can flourish, providing a sound foundation for future work.
Awards and Funding
Our members have been successful in receiving notable national and international funding awards, enabling world-leading research to be carried out and demonstrable impacts to be realised. Our research is supported by UKRI and EU funding bodies, trusts and philanthropists, cultural bodies and other organisations.