Dr Kate Goldsworthy

Co-Director, Centre for Circular Design, University of the Arts London

Dr. Kate Goldsworthy is a designer and circular economy academic working to bridge science, industry and design through multidisciplinary research. Having worked in the design industry for over ten years, in 2012 she completed the first UK practice-based doctorate focused on ‘designing textiles for chemical recycling’. Since then she has continued to explore future manufacturing and recovery contexts for the circular textiles economy. She advises on industry boards and policy groups and her design work has been exhibited & collected internationally.

Through recent & current research projects, Kate and the CCD team continue to explore the potential for design to drive a more circular materials economy. This includes devising collaboration tools and methods for engaging stakeholders from all parts of the materials value chain as well as hands-on material and process research and development. Both mechanical and chemical recycling developments are part of this remit.

She is Deputy Director of the current Business of Fashion and Textiles Technology Partnership, a five-year industry-led project, which focusses on delivering sustainable innovation within the entire fashion and textile supply chain. As part of this programme she is working on several projects with UK SME’s to develop innovative solutions for their businesses including; bio-material development; circular non-woven textiles innovation; sustainable surface finishing processes; on-shoring of sustainable manufacturing; and novel digital solutions to increase transparency and accountability in the sector.

A waste-free, circular resource world is within reach.