Fiona Ford

PhD Researcher

Fiona is an early career researcher undertaking a PhD at the University of Manchester. Her project will attempt to evaluate the quality and impact of UK grown textiles fibres from a circular economy perspective.

Fiona’s work explores how local networks can help to scale lesser developed circular economy propositions. She has specialist knowledge of fashion and textiles, having gained ten years industry experience in design and product development. She holds an MSc in Fashion Ethics from Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design (2020), and a BA(Hons) in Clothing Design ad Technology from Manchester Metropolitan University (2012).

Since beginning her career in the circular economy for fashion and textiles, Fiona has worked on a variety of short projects. In 2020 she contributed her research skills and industry insight to the evaluation of a leading international circular fashion initiative. She later worked with Sustainable Fashion Scotland, contributing to the organisation’s theory of change, common agenda, stakeholder map and directory. Being a native Glaswegian, Fiona was passionate to get the fashion and textiles industries on the agenda at COP26. She collaborated with several local community non-profits to produce the Generation of Waste installation, exhibited in the conference’s main hall. During COP26 she helped to facilitate a series fashion activism workshop around the city and took part in public speaking at the conference’s Green Zone.