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E-textiles to Empower Ageing Communities

  • School: School of Art & Design
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2023
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2023

Project ID: A&D4

Recent advances have facilitated the development of electronic textiles (E- textiles) with the capacity to monitor physiological parameters and to alert users to emerging problems, such as an elevated heart rate. These technologies have a great potential to empower ageing communities and support independent living for individuals. This can be achieving by collecting data regarding changes to their health which can be used by the professionals who care for them, allowing them to live at home safely for longer.

Practice-based PhD enquires are invited from fashion and/or textile designers to explore the potential of E-textiles through the creative exploration and human centred design approaches to create garments, accessories, or objects which will capture and communicate sensory data. The research will have a strong focus on considerations of human needs for identity, comfort, and aesthetics.

Research activities could include understanding how people’s attitudes, habits and preferences in relation to clothing 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 the field of E-textile, as well as fashion and textile researchers and practitioners.

Supervisory Team:

Associate Professor Theo Hughes Riley

Dr Rachael Wickenden

Tina Downes

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

To make an application, please visit our studentship application page.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2023 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

Application guidance can be found on our studentship application page.

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