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Emmeline Child


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In 2003, Emmeline completed a KTP with the Salvation Army Trading Company where she developed the upcycling label Emmeline 4 Re. Selling her collections in the UK and Europe, while establishing a sustainable boutique in London. The knowledge gained throughout this period has enabled her to become a pioneer in the field of upcycling, and the basis for her research to date. She is currently a PhD Candidate at UAL, developing design-led solutions to textile waste in the supply chain. Emmeline has presented her work in the UK and internationally through both exhibits and conferences.

Emmeline is a proficient educator and fellow of the Higher Education Academy for her embedded knowledge around teaching and learning. She is the programme leader for the Fashion and Textiles degree at the University of Northampton, runs workshops and lectures in interdisciplinary subjects in the UK and internationally, and externally she advises and examines on a number of profiled fashion courses.  

Emmeline utilises her commercial and academic experience to profile the barriers and opportunities in the industry pertaining textile waste in its current set-up, while developing guidelines and design prototypes that evidence the possibilities of upscaling product fallout.

 Emmeline seeks design solutions for dissemination to different market levels of the industry, the outcome of which will facilitate manufacturers and brands with the knowledge to embed more circular systems, while offering alternative revenue streams utilising textile waste. The research creates practical solutions and frameworks to support the streamlining of factory production, aiming to minimise the amount of waste in the process.



External Roles

External examiner for Birmingham City University on the BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion Course

External examiner for The Retail Academy on the BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Northampton

30 Sep 200027 Jun 2003

PhD, University of the Arts London

8 Jan 201427 Jun 2021


  • NX Arts in general
  • Fashion
  • Sustainability
  • Textiles
  • Circular Economy
  • Upscaling

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Fallout Engineering & Materials Science
Textiles Engineering & Materials Science
Industry Engineering & Materials Science
Garment manufacture Engineering & Materials Science
Textile industry Engineering & Materials Science
Supply chains Engineering & Materials Science
marketing Earth & Environmental Sciences
manufacturing Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Output 2016 2018

Developing samples of small scale upcycling from pre-consumer textile fallout

Child, E., Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) Innovation in Textile Recycling: towards a more sustainable handling, re-use and disposal of textile materials. . Leal, W., Tyler, D. & Miraftab, M. (eds.). Springer

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Garment manufacture
Textile industry
Social innovation
Micro businesses
Business model


Activities 2014 2015

  • 1 Participating in a conference or workshop
  • 1 Editorial work

Mistra Future Fashion - Textile Toolbox (Event)

Emmeline Child (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication Peer-review and Editorial WorkEditorial workResearch

Re:Dress workshop

Emmeline Child (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch