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University of Technology Sydney
University with strong fashion design program

UTS is the top-ranked young university in Australia. Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We’re known for our innovative teaching. We’re committed to practical innovation and research that benefits industry and society. We believe in social change to create a more just and equal world. We are creating Australia's first Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion + Textiles with TAFE NSW.

UTS is the top-ranked young university in Australia. Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We’re known for our innovative teaching. We’re committed to practical innovation and research that benefits industry and society. We believe in social change to create a more just and equal world. We are creating Australia's first Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion + Textiles with TAFE NSW.

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Alicja Kuzmycz - PhD student Fashion & Textiles RMIT University
Research - Using consumer behavioural insights to inform design strategies that disrupt unsustainable garment consumption.
Value the Citizen
Research and education in systemic, circular and sustainable change for the fashion sector

In 2020 Value the Citizen conducted a research project addressing the lack of Australian-based contextualized research in circular design and product development in the fashion sector. As 80% of a products environmental impact is determined at the design phase, and with 88% of Australian apparel manufacture made up of SMEs, this project focused on the design processes and associated business models of fashion SMEs as an influential group for systems change to the linear take/make/waste fashion model widely operating in Australia.
With a core framework of product stewardship and employing design-thinking strategies; the SME’s in this research are building new design processes, new business models and new relationships around circular purpose. The project goal was a visual, communicative and accessible tool that could be distributed widely to stakeholders for education, a pathway for change and leverage for transformative action.
Importantly, the research identified the need for wider stakeholder support for SMEs and larger enterprise in moving to circular and product stewardship approaches. This takes the form of education of the community and industry; legislation and mandating around the collection and disposal of textile waste; and investment in infrastructure and technologies.
This research and the Design Map and Digital Article developed from this project are tools to support the pathway to circularity in the Australian fashion industry; visually storytelling the complex interrelated relationships and strategies of circularity in an Australian fashion context to the diverse stakeholders involved.

WA
Subiaco

In 2020 Value the Citizen conducted a research project addressing the lack of Australian-based contextualized research in circular design and product development in the fashion sector. As 80% of a products environmental impact is determined at the design phase, and with 88% of Australian apparel manufacture made up of SMEs, this project focused on the design processes and associated business models of fashion SMEs as an influential group for systems change to the linear take/make/waste fashion model widely operating in Australia.
With a core framework of product stewardship and employing design-thinking strategies; the SME’s in this research are building new design processes, new business models and new relationships around circular purpose. The project goal was a visual, communicative and accessible tool that could be distributed widely to stakeholders for education, a pathway for change and leverage for transformative action.
Importantly, the research identified the need for wider stakeholder support for SMEs and larger enterprise in moving to circular and product stewardship approaches. This takes the form of education of the community and industry; legislation and mandating around the collection and disposal of textile waste; and investment in infrastructure and technologies.
This research and the Design Map and Digital Article developed from this project are tools to support the pathway to circularity in the Australian fashion industry; visually storytelling the complex interrelated relationships and strategies of circularity in an Australian fashion context to the diverse stakeholders involved.

WA
Subiaco
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Alison Gwilt
Academic researcher, consultant and workshop facilitator

Dr Alison Gwilt is an author, researcher and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her work examines the innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators, to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices. Alison is a consultant/advisor to industry, an active researcher and workshop facilitator.

NSW
Paddington

Dr Alison Gwilt is an author, researcher and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her work examines the innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators, to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices. Alison is a consultant/advisor to industry, an active researcher and workshop facilitator.

NSW
Paddington
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