Professor of Circular Design & Innovation and Co-Director, Centre for Circular Design
Kate Goldsworthy is Professor of Circular Design & Innovation and Co-Director of the Centre for Circular Design, based at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She is also Deputy Director of the Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology partnership (BFTT), funded by the UK Industrial Strategy and managed by the AHRC.
Her core research interests are designing for sustainability, the circular economy and material innovation within textile and fashion contexts. Her methods are transdisciplinary & practice-led, with a focus on fibre-to-fibre recovery and new finishing technologies . This includes more sustainable production systems for the textile industry, and pioneering design solutions for the recycling and recovery of both synthetic polymers and bio-based materials.
Having worked in the design industry for over ten years, in 2012 she completed the first UK practice-based doctorate focused on ‘designing textiles for the circular economy’. Since then she has continued to explore future manufacturing and recycling innovation through collaborative and design-led research. Her creative work has been exhibited & collected internationally. and commissions include The Science Museum, The V&A and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.