Lisa Macintyre


  • TD1 3HF

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Micro-plastic shedding from textiles Compression for medical applications Sports compression for improved performance and recovery Pressure distribution and modelling


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Personal profile

Roles & Responsibilities


I graduated from the Scottish College of Textiles in 1994 with a first class honours degree in Textile and Clothing Technologies.  I was awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft prize for highest marks.  I worked for the John Lewis Partnership as a graduate trainee and staff trainer before taking up a lectureship in Textiles in 1996 at Heriot-Watt University.  I undertook my PhD part-time, whilst employed as a full-time lecturer.  In 2004, I graduated with my PhD in pressure garments for the treatment of hypertrophic scars and was awarded the Macfarlane Prize for outstanding contribution to the University’s research.  I continue to teach textiles and research medical compression products.  I am currently heavily involved in teaching on our masters programs and also teach 3 undergraduate courses.  I won the University's 'Learning and Teaching Oscar' for being 'Switched on' (most engaging lecturer) in the award's inagural year (2010) and was shortlisted for the same award in 2012 and 2014, I was shortlisted for the 'Refreshing' oscar in 2016 and won the 'Graduates' teaching prize' in 2017 and 2019.

I regularly review articles for international research journals and grant applications for an international grants council.  I have led research funded by the Technology Strategy Board,  Innovate UK, Textile Future Forum, Arts and Humanities Research Council and projects part supported by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and the Clothworkers Company.  I am currently co-investigator on an MRC CiC grant led by a clinician from University of Edinburgh. I have been a Programme Director, Research Student Coordinator and the Director of Research during my time at the School of Textiles and Design. I am currently the Research Student Coordinator and Research Degrees Committee member for the School. I sit on the British Standards Committee for medical compression hosiery. 

I have published in international research journals and pre-print versions of these papers are available for download on my Research Gate page at


Current research interests

  • Test method development for evaluating micro-plastic shedding from textiles.
  • Co-design of new medical compression device for the management of lipoedema symptoms.
  • Test method evaluation and development for compression products.
  • The impact of design variables and pattern cutting techniques on pressure distribution around irregular body parts.
  • Developing new sensor technologies for low pressure measurements at garment/body interface.
  • Ongoing evaluations of commercial fabrics for compression product construction.


Research students

I have supervised 2 MSc by research, 1 MPhil and 7 PhD students to successful completion and am currently supervising 2 PhD research students.  I have 2 new PhD students starting in September 2020: a 'James Watt Scholarship' funded PhD in developing test methods to evaluate micro-plastic shedding from textiles and a Medical Research Scotland funded student who will develop a new medical technology to manage syptoms of lipoedema.



I have undertaken a range of consultancy projects including delivery of training to industry, product evaluation and technical report writing.  Current consultancy activity is focussed on developing bespoke pressure garment design tools for 5 international businesses.  

I am currently part-time on a 0.8FTE contract



  • TS Manufactures
  • medical compression
  • elastic fabrics
  • pressure measurement
  • pressure garments
  • knitting technology
  • compression
  • micro-plastic shedding

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Research Output

Bending rigidity of yarns using beam method on a two-support configuration

Alshukur, M. & Macintyre, L., Mar 2020, In : Indian Journal of Fibre and Textile Research. 45, 1, p. 40-48 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 54 Downloads (Pure)

    Survey of lipoedema symptoms and experience with compression garments

    Paling, I. & Macintyre, L., 1 Apr 2020, In : British Journal of Community Nursing. 25, Sup4, p. S17-S22 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Pressure garment: material matters

    Macintyre, L., 9 May 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • 19 Downloads (Pure)

    Nanocomposite-Based Microstructured Piezoresistive Pressure Sensors for Low-Pressure Measurement Range

    Mitrakos, V., Hands, P. J. W., Cummins, G., Macintyre, L., Denison, F. C., Flynn, D. & Desmulliez, M. P. Y., 26 Jan 2018, In : Micromachines. 9, 2, 15 p., 43.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 93 Downloads (Pure)

    Anti-embolism stockings, the similarities and differences

    Rae, M., Macintyre, L. & Dahale, M., 10 Apr 2017, In : Journal of The Textile Institute. p. 1-7 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 64 Downloads (Pure)


    • 8 Publication peer-review

    Textile Research Journal (Journal)

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    Nursing Research (Journal)

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    Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (Journal)

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    Medical Engineering and Physics (Journal)

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    Journal of The Textile Institute (Journal)

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