Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

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Kieran Phelan

ESRC DTC PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time)- currently registered

Research Topic Title

Slow Fashion, Made in Britain and the emergence of transparent supply chains: weaving the geographies of Harris Tweed

Research Summary

Kieran's research primarily looks at the geographies of fashion, making, craft and creativity. Critically looking at how luxury value is accrued and communicated along commodity chains, Kieran is exploring the geographies of Harris Tweed. Through reviewing the cloth's underpinning place, people, provenance and craft, Kieran hopes to explore how all of these elements are embroiled within the commodification of the cloth. His research interests more broadly are concerned with economic geography, value and the 'creative' economy.

Research Interests

The 'Creative Industries', the geographies of production and consumption, making, branding, value, quality, luxury and craft.

Research Supervisors

Professor Louise Crewe

Dr Shaun French

Primary Funding Source(s)

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Cluster Membership

Economic Worlds Research Cluster

Conference Papers & Presentations

Giving Fast Fashion the Boot: Valuing Slow Fashion in the Northamptonshire Footwear Industrial Cluster, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, September, 2016

Additional Information

L83165 The Geographies of Fashion and Food- Seminar Leader

Fashion Revolution- Student Ambassador Liaison Lead

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Annual Training Symposium Coordinator 2016/2017

News Editor for the RGS-IBG Geography Directions Blog- 2016/2017

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