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E-textiles for Assistive Living Support

  • School: School of Art & Design
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: AAD3

Advances in e- textiles, with their capacity to monitor bodily changes, alert us to concerns and communicate with others, have the potential to support aging communities.  Such technologies could support independent living for individuals and the professionals who care for them through analysis of data concerning potential or actual changes to their health or through accidents.

Practice-based PhD enquires are invited from fashion and/or textile designers to explore the potential of e-textiles through creative exploration and human centred design approaches to create garments, accessories or objects which will capture and communicate sensory data with consideration of human needs and for identity, comfort and aesthetics.

This could include research to understand how people’s attitudes, habits and preferences in relation to both or either their clothing or interiors and could inform the development of ‘wearable’ medical, assistive and monitoring devices. It could also include examining perceptions of technology and clothing in terms of meaning, functionality, durability and performance expectations.

This project will be hosted by the Fashion and Textile Research Centre which is home to the Advanced Textile Research Group who are world leading innovators in this field as well as fashion and textile researchers and practitioners.

School strategic research priority

This project will align with the Artistic Research Centre and its research goals.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

Download our full applicant guidance notes for more information.

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