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Emma Jenkins

Dr Emma Jenkins

Senior Lecturer


I am an experienced academic and fashion practitioner with a particular interest in sportswear design and function. Prior to entering academia I worked in industry as a designer and product developer for established outdoor sports brands.

I am interested in the making and functionality of outdoor sportswear, with a particular focus on comfort and movement. My current work explores purpose and dynamics, using a zero waste approach to design. I am exploring the synthesis of traditional analogue techniques with contemporary digital systems to develop new modes of sustainable performance.


My research utilises user centred design methodologies. I use qualitative, visual and practice based methods to explore use environments, concept development and meaningful evaluation.

My teaching philosophy reflects my research. I am committed to supporting students in exploring fashion praxis, using holistic approaches to develop strong individual methods for concept realisation. This is supported by my engagement with innovative pedagogical methods, whilst maintaining an industry focussed underpinning to my work.

I teach across a range of modules on all levels of the Fashion Design programme.


Department of Art and Design

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Subject area

Fashion and Fashion Management and Communication.


Fashion Design.


Exploration Application and Realisation
Negotiated Fashion Projects
Graduation Project

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