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Katherine Townsend

Katherine Townsend (Ph.D.) is an associate professor of fashion and textile crafts at Nottingham Trent University. She leads the Digital Craft and Embodied Knowledge sub theme of the Design group in the Fashion and Textile Research Centre. Her current research (and Ph.D. supervision) encompasses emotionally durable design, E-textiles and dress conservation, social and sustainable innovation and investigation into the impact of the global pandemic on textile artisans in Guatemala, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF 2020–21) and redesigning PPE in collaboration with NHS and industry partners (AHRC COVID-19 Call 2021–22). Katherine led the research projects: ‘Crafting Anatomies’ (2015–2020), ‘Emotional Fit’ (2015–2017) and has published in The Design Journal, Textile, Textile Design Research and Practice and Clothing Cultures.

Contact: School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU, UK.

Web address: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/staff-profiles/art-design/katherine-townsend


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