Reader in Fashion Systems


Research Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise
University Research Centres
LCF - East Bank Stratford, London UK
Grade 7
£58,193 to £70,291 per annum


Full time - 37 hours per week

3 March 2024 10:00

Monday 18 March 2024

The opportunity

The Reader in Fashion Systems will span research, knowledge exchange and teaching at Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), contributing to Fashion Design for Sustainability as a field of study, sector, and education practices.
We are seeking an original and holistic thinker and leading researcher to join our globally recognised change-making Centre for Sustainable Fashion team. Based at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London, this academic opportunity will make a distinctive and significant contribution to research in ecological, social, cultural, and economic wellbeing, applicable to fashion.
We are looking for an experienced and high profile researcher with a portfolio in or applicable to sustainability and fashion, relating to systems thinking, regenerative practices, the wellbeing economy, environmental and social justice. 

Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) is a University of the Arts London research centre based at London College of Fashion. CSF challenges the status quo and seeks ways to design and develop research, education and knowledge exchange with businesses, creating ways for us to live well, together, in nature. 

About you

The Reader will take a leading role in their appointed field of  research; developing and securing funded research. You will support a research and knowledge exchange environment and significantly contribute to  the academic research profile and activities of the University.

You will have the opportunity to join a vibrant team and to work with experienced and early career researchers. Your strong theoretical background and excellent writing track record will complement the expertise across the centre.

You will be expected to supervise PhD and MA students, acting as Director of Study and/or supervisor to research degree students as appropriate alongside other contributions to teaching and active participation in public, national and international forums for debate including organising and contributing to CSF/ UAL events.
If you have any queries about this role please contact Naomi Bulliard via email at

What we offer

To recognise the hard work of our staff and their contributions, we provide a wide range of benefits – please check our careers site/Canvas for further information as conditions and exclusions apply:

▪ at least 31 days of annual leave in addition to bank holidays.
▪ generous defined benefit pension schemes (LGPS/TPS).
▪ flexible working and family-friendly policies for improved work-life balance.
▪ 2 days of paid volunteering leave for a UK registered charity.
▪ discounts including TOTUM, gyms, nursery and private healthcare insurance.
▪ continuous learning and development opportunities including free UAL Short Courses.
▪ season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, free counselling via EAP and more! 

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world. 

Our culture

We have become one of the world’s most international Universities, welcoming over 22,000 students and 6,000 staff from 130 countries. And, as a global university, staff and students learn from different cultures and perspectives, which leads to new conversations and innovative work. At our very core, everything we do seeks to challenge the status quo by driving social purpose and standing up for what matters.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds including those who may feel underrepresented in the workforce due to their socioeconomic circumstances such as those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) backgrounds. We aim to be a university where everyone can be themselves and are supported to reach their full potential.

With our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we are proud to be a Race Equality Charter (REC) member to help us reduce barriers that negatively impacts B.A.M.E. staff, a Stonewall Diversity Champion to ensure all LGBTQ+ people are valued at work, a Disability Confident Scheme Committed employer and member of the Business Disability Forum which help us to improve the lives of disabled people in the workplace. 

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