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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, I am the programme director for the Fashion and Textile Design MA and Fashion and Textile Management MSc and teach across both postgraduate and undergraduate design disciplines.

My research explores the facilitation of creative workshops for wellbeing, which utilise waste materials to understand how waste can be used as a resource to create and repair products. Through my research, I explore how communities can connect through shared learning, making and exhibiting work. 

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

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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  • Venture Postgraduate Entrepreneurial Award

    Robertson, Lucy (Recipient) & Nevay, Sara (Recipient), 28 Feb 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)