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Sustainable Apparel and Textiles in the Circular Economy Symposium

Date: January 7, 2020 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: University of Huddersfield, Dept. of Fashion and Textiles, HD1 3DH

Contact: Dr Tracy Cassidy;

  • SDC is pleased to be a supporting organisation of the University of Huddersfield, Department of Fashion & Textiles, two-day symposium entitled ‘SAT in the Circular Economy: A Transdisciplinary Exchange’.

    Sustainability, particularly within the context of textiles and apparel is a global concern. This two-day transdisciplinary exchange is for research-academics, research-students and professionals with interests in sustainable apparel and textiles, and the circular economy. We warmly invite papers and poster presentations from a range of academic disciplines and speakers from the creative industries to share research, knowledge, experience, practice, and thoughts regarding the future of the apparel and textiles industries, the environment and consumer / society well-being. Please submit all abstracts and enquiries to Dr Tracy Cassidy; email:

    This exciting symposium provides a new forum to facilitate transdisciplinary opportunities and approaches to create a new understanding of the challenges and idea generation for potential solutions, which may be conceptual, theoretical or methodological, addressing:

    The textile waste management conundrum
    The broader sustainability issues that the apparel / fashion and textiles industries face
    The wider implications of a circular economy

    The symposium brings together researchers and experts to develop new understandings of how industry practice and consumer practice may change in order to benefit global environments, people and creative economies. Contributions are welcomed from a range of disciplines and subject areas including, but not limited to:

    Design and make
    Technology and production
    Business and marketing
    Consumer behaviour and consumption
    Re-use, recycle, upcycle
    Trends and trend forecasting
    Apparel / fashion, accessories, homeware and interiors
    Textile art

    New debates will be stimulated through Keynote Speeches and an Open Forum with Panel Members (tba), Research Paper Presentations and Poster Presentations, including the presentation of a funded project entitled ‘Creating sustainable apparel consumption: Educating through Performance’ (a collaboration between Fashion & Textiles, Business and Performance disciplines).

    Best Papers:

    The ten best Research Student papers / posters will be awarded a full fee waiver for the symposium.
    Following the symposium authors of the twelve best papers will be invited to contribute a chapter to an edited book.


    Early Bird: £180

    Regular: £210

    Students: £180 – fee waivers for the best 10 student papers /posters

    Evening meal to be booked separately £35

    Day rates:

    Day 1 regular: £120; Student: £100

    Day 2 regular: £100; Student: £70

    When booking please do make it clear that you are a member of SDC.

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