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Dr Kate Goldsworthy

Reader in Circular Textile Design

Co-Director, Centre for Circular Design (CCD)

University of the Arts London


Kate is a designer and academic working to bridge science, industry and design through multidisciplinary & practice-led research.  Projects currently include Mistra Future Fashion (2015-2019), the EU Horizon 2020 project, Trash-2-Cash (2015-2018) and a longstanding working relationship with Worn Again, a revolutionary new recycling-tech company based in the UK.

She first began her research with Textiles Environment Design (TED), and the Textile Futures research Centre (TFRC) at the University of the Arts London in 2005 with the first UK practice-based doctorate focused on ‘designing for the circular economy’.  Her Laser Finishing process, developed in 2008, enables fully closed-loop recycling of polyester fibres at end of life, and has been exhibited internationally. 

She is currently a member of the EPSRC Forum in Manufacturing Research, and was named by the Guardian as one of their top ten circular economy experts in 2015.