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Dr Alessandra Vecchi

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London College of Fashion
Researcher Research
Alessandra  Vecchi


Alessandra Vecchi is a Reader with London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, with an established career in the field of International Fashion Business Management, she has developed a significant body of work in this disciplinary field, drawing together research in International Business, International Marketing, Operations Management, and Fashion Management. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Prevention Sciences at the University of Ferrara in Italy. She held a Marie Curie Fellowship from 2012 to 2018 on Chinese Acquisitions of “Made in Italy” luxury firms at the School of Management at the University of Bologna.

Alessandra is also an active member of CHERN (China in Europe Research Network - ), as she currently contributes to Working Group 2 (High-tech and innovation driven investments and acquisitions) and Working Group 4 (Public Diplomacy and Knowledge Production). She is also part of China Data Analysis & Research Hub ( ) as one of Italy CDA corresponding researchers.

She has gained her PhD from the University of Bath and has a significant track of high-profile publications. Her research interests tend to be of multidisciplinary nature in the field of International Business and rather eclectic. She is author of eight books – ‘The Viability of Industrial Districts’ (2006) and ‘The Business of Space – The Next Frontier of International Competition’ (2011), ‘Research Handbook on Global Fashion Management & Merchandising’ (2016), ‘Manufacturing in Time of Great Flux’ (2016) , ‘Advanced Fashion Technology and Operations Management’ (2017), ‘Reshoring of Manufacturing - Drivers, Opportunities, and Challenges’ (2017), ‘Above and Beyond: Exploring the Business of Space’ (2018) and ‘Chinese Acquisitions in Developed Countries - Operational Challenges and Opportunities’ (2019).

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), e-Size, £85,121.28, (2014-2015)

Research Outputs


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Current research students

  • Kiran Ali, Smart Digital Strategies for Designer Fashion SME’s adoption to immersive e-tailers (Lead supervisor)
  • Lily James, The Paradox of CSR Compliance and Market Demands in the Fast Fashion Industry (Lead supervisor)
  • Yvonne Ntiamoah Konadu, How can Fashion Design Education Aid in Ghana’s Development? (Lead supervisor)
  • Edwin Phiri, Inclusive Marketing to Enhance Access for Disabled People. (Lead supervisor)
  • Minji Seo, Fashion Technology Industry. An exploratory cross-cultural study of fashion tech firms in Seoul and London to create effective supporting measures. (Joint supervisor)