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I am an Assistant Professor with a background in textile design, marketing and entrepreneurship based at the School of Textiles and Design in the Scottish Borders.

After working as an Enterprise Executive for the University of Edinburgh I returned to DJCAD, University of Dundee to pursue my PhD in Interactive Textiles for Wellbeing.

Alongside my PhD I worked as a HPL delivering talks, tutorials and workshops on Interactive Textiles to students from 1st year to Masters level. In 2020 I moved to Norwich to work as a textile design lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts leading on the 1st year Undergraduate Textile Design course and working as a subject specialist on the Fashion and Textile Design MA.

I moved back to Scotland in 2022 to start as an Assistant Professor in Design at Heriot-Watt University. 

Research interests

  • e-textiles
  • sonic textiles
  • craft
  • sustainable strategies
  • entrepreneurship
  • marketing
  • health and wellbeing

Research Group Contact Details

I am involved in a variety of collaborative projects/bids - see details of those I can discuss below:

Interactive Waste
with a fellow researcher at the University of Dundee on a BA Leverhume Small Research Grant.  This project explores how the creation of Interactive textiles and e-textiles can utilise more sustainable practices by unpicking existing projects and working with a network of e-textile researchers to understand the use of different materials as alternatives to traditional e-textile components.  


Rubbish Robots Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Public Engagement Award - with Heriot-Watt Researchers at the National Robotarium exploring outreach opportunities working with schools on how to create robots from waste materials.  


Healthy Organisations in a place-based Ecosystem Scotland (HOPES) Green Transition Ecosystem (GTE) UKRI, AHRC, Design Museum Future Observatory award. This project explores through design research the NHS Scotland Climate Emergency and Sustainability Strategy, which sets out plans for NHS Scotland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and impact on the environment, adapt to climate change and to better contribute to the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. You can follow this project here: linkedin.com/design-hopes/

Key Research Words/Phrases

At The School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University I am a lecturer and researcher working across the design courses at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. I am the senior programme director for our Postgraduate taught courses and programme director for our MA in Fashion and Textile Design
and MSc in Fashion and Textile Managment. 

Alongside this I am the SoTD Public Engagement Academic Lead, working with colleagues and the public to facilitate university outreach and events.

My research explores the facilitation of creative workshops for wellbeing, which utilise e-textiles and waste materials to understand how technology and waste can be used as a resource to create and repair products. My research interests are in e-textiles, sonic textiles, craft, entrepreneurship, marketing and wellbeing. Additionally, I am an MA and PhD supervisor in design. If you would like to discuss doing your MA or PhD at SoTD I would love to hear from you.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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