Dr Kate Goldsworthy

Reader in Circular Textile Design

Co-Director, Centre for Circular Design (CCD)

Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London



Kate is a designer and academic working to bridge materials science, industry and design through multidisciplinary & practice-led research. She co-founded the Centre for Circular Design at UAL with Prof Rebecca Earley, and is a member of the EPSRC Forum in Manufacturing Research. 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 recovery contexts, including ten years with UK fibre-to-fibre technology start-up Worn Again Technologies. She advises on several industry boards and policy groups and her design work has been exhibited & collected internationally.

Research Interests

Through recent research projects, Mistra Future Fashion (2015-2019) and the EU funded Trash-2-Cash (2015-2018), Kate and the CCD team continue to explore the potential for design to drive a more circular materials economy. This includes devising collaboration tools and methods for engaging stakeholders from all parts of the materials value chain as well as hands-on material and process development. She is also interested in the potential for digitisation and new production models to provide more sustainable future manufacturing visions. Nonwovens production, hi-tech finishing processes and chemical recycling developments are all part of this remit. Her approach is practice-based, always placing making at the centre of her research, and collaborative, often across disciplines or embedded in industry contexts through knowledge exchange projects.