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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, I have 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 Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Bologna in Italy where she has held a Marie Curie Fellowship from 2012 to 2018.

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).

Alessandra currently works across a range of different research projects:

- as Co-I on The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology where she leads the Fashion Ecosystem Survey (
- as Co-I on DG Growth Grant DeFINE - European Incubation Network (s) for Creativity-Driven Innovation (

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)