PhDs at CSF

The researchers at Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) are experienced supervisors, supporting a range of students in their PhD study with us.


PhD degrees are doctoral level awards which are the highest level of an academic degree. 

A PhD is awarded following successful completion of a research project and thesis which offers a significant new contribution to knowledge in the chosen subject area.

As CSF is a University of the Arts London (UAL) Research Centre all applications for PhD study at CSF must go via UAL. UAL offers both theoretical and practice-based research programmes, leading to an MPhil or PhD. With the support of an experienced supervisory team, you will embark on a programme of self-directed study.   


For more information visit UAL's PhD and MPhil Degrees page, with answers to frequently asked questions such as:

  • entry requirements

  • length of study

  • the application process

  • fees and funding opportunities available 

Next steps: 

  • Find a supervisor – You can explore the UAL staff researchers page or the CSF staff profiles to find a relevant researcher you would like to work with. Or if you know you wish to apply to CSF, London College of Fashion, but don’t have a particular supervisor in mind you can contact us for advice.  

  • Draft a research proposal – We recommend you format your research proposal according to UAL's guidance. If you require feedback we can direct your proposal to a subject specialist for review and comments.  

  • Apply – Please note, applications for a research degree starting in Sept 2021, opens in October 2020. Application information can be found on UAL's PhD and MPhil degrees page.

Current CSF students and alumni have explored research themes such as: 

  • The practice of mending: Unravelling its effect on the wearer’s relationship to clothing 

  • How can fashion be used to enable political agency in a shift towards a more democratic and sustainable society? 

  • Fashion-In-Residence: A practice-led inquiry into the landscape of local clothing systems 

  • The Sustainability and Craft Innovation of Fish Leather in the Luxury Industry 

  • Craft values as transformative tools to create new relationships with fashion artefacts, and more sustainable futures for consumers and makers in the UK 

  • Towards a practice of unmaking: a strategy for critical fashion design practice 

  • Fashion Design and Laundry Practices: Practice-Orientated Approaches to Design for Sustainability.