Professor Jane Harris
BiographyDr Jane Harris is Director of Research and Innovation (Stratford), and Professor of Digital Design and Innovation. With over twenty years of experience as a research leader and mentor, Professor Harris has worked extensively across the UK and international HE sector, including as Visiting Professor of Design Research, Geneva University of Art & Design (HEAD).
Her current role encompasses leadership of research and development partnerships aligned to the new UAL London College of Fashion campus (2023) in Stratford, as part of the emergent East Bank on the Queen Elizabeth Park. Initiatives to date include co-founding the Global Disability Innovation Hub, and leading on high value research funding awards with East Bank partners UCL, Loughborough University, QMUL V&A, Sadler’s Wells, Studio Wayne McGregor, wider UK industry and academic partners.
Director of the ‘Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology’, one of nine UK based Creative R&D Partnership awards (£8.5m total value), as part of an £80million Creative Industries Cluster Programme (CICP, 2018-23), funded by the Industrial Strategy and delivered by the AHRC, Jane is also Principal Investigator of an AHRC Covid19 award, 'DREEm: Digital, Regeneration and Experience Economy modelling' (£657,912, FEC), with over 20 UK wide visitor economy and creative industry partners. An experienced PI on UK Research Council awards, Jane has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the Arts Foundation, and awards from the Arts Council of England, the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation and Channel4.
An Advisor and Peer Reviewer to the European Commission for ICT (FP7 & Horizon 2020), Jane is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and has advised the EPSRC, the Arts Councils of England (ACE) and Scotland, Wellcome Trust, and the Crafts Council. A Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), Jane is also an advisory board member of the V&A Research Institute (VARI).
With affiliation to the UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI), and LCF’s Digital Anthropology Lab, her Doctoral study, established novel approaches to digital imaging design and creative computing disciplines, informed by an established textile and material practice. Working with 3D CGI animation and real time tools, encompassing issues of craft and aesthetic, her pioneering XR work is a hybrid of design, artefact and experience, broadly impacting museum, e-commerce, CGI film /game narratives and design realms.
Co-author of ‘Digital Visions for Fashion+Textiles: Made-In-Code’, her own practice has been internationally exhibited including at: the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Tokyo Design Centre, Japan; Curtin Art Gallery, Perth Australia; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. Jane’s editorial board and reviewer roles include: Textile, Journal of Cloth and Culture (Routledge); Digital Creativity, (Taylor and Francis); The Journal of Craft Research, (Intellect); The Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, (Routledge). Jane is an experienced supervisor of research studies, examiner and viva chair.
Grants and awards
(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)
- AHRC, Creative Industries Cluster Programme, Industrial Strategy Funding, The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) Creative R&D Partnerships, £5,500,000.00, (2018-2023)
- UK Research and Innovation, Modelling and Supporting Recovery of the UK’s Experience Economy: Enhancing Audience Resilience and Engagement via Digital Methods, £295,514.92, (2020-2022)
- UK Research and Innovation, Strength in Places Seed Funding, £41,550.00, (2019-2019)
- Leverhulme Trust, Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa, £85,000.00, (2015-2017)
- National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, Fellowship, £75,000.00, (2007-2010)
- AHRC, Innovation Award, £50,000.00, (2003-2004)
- Arts Council England, Award, £25,000.00, (2002-2002)
- Harris J. Digital Skin, How Developments in Digital Imaging Techniques and Culture are Informing the Design of Futuristic Surface and Fabrication Concepts (2013)
- Harris J. Digital Practice in Material Hands: How Craft and Computing Practices Are Advancing Digital Aesthetic and Conceptual Methods (2012)
- Harris J. "Crafting" Computer Graphics—A Convergence of Traditional and "New" Media (2005)
- Braddock Clarke SE, Harris J. Digital Visions in Fashion + Textiles: Made in Code (2012)
- Harris J, Simonson C, Sides A. Textile Futures in Second Life (2008)
Current research students
- Kamaira Anderson, Theorising Hip-Hop Dance in London and Los Angeles through Community, Clothing, and Chorus (Advisor)
- Anna Boonstra, Soft Activism Britian (post 1970s-80s - present): The Understanding of Domestic Handcraft as a Communicative and Feminist Practice (Joint supervisor)
- Elizabeth Ciokajlo Squire, The Future Form of Design: Evolving design form and grown materials in future manufactured footwear. (Lead supervisor)
- Mark Hart, How can the creation of new body-dress assemblages disrupt linear ready-to wear fashion design practice? (Joint supervisor)
- Leslie Holden, The education of digital fashion design methods and skills: understanding the synergies of the apparel industry, undergraduate education, and advances in 2D and 3D software tools development and applications (Lead supervisor)
- Ilario Martello, Space, Body, Costume: The agency of costume as a topological space in contemporary ballet (Joint supervisor)
- Katie Rees, Examining the use of wearable technology and interactive environments within the choreographic practice and performance of Wayne McGregor’s work (Joint supervisor)
- Rhian Solomon, The Body as a 'meeting place' for making led design science practices (Lead supervisor)
- Marie Stenton, Exploring bacterial textiles as a sustainable fashion manufacturing system through waste food produce. (Joint supervisor)
Past research students
- Matilda Aspinall, Back to the Future of Fashion Past: Re-fashioning Future Garment Making. (Lead supervisor)
- Naomi Frances Bailey Cooper, Developing Fashion Embellishment: Decorative Alternatives To Fur And Exotic Animal Materials (Lead supervisor)
- Jennifer Ballie, e-Co-Textile Design: How Can Textile Design and Making, Combined with Social Media Tools, Achieve a More Sustainable Fast Fashion Future? (Lead supervisor)
- Kevin Dowd, Deconstructing the politico-visual: Devising a novel system of practice-based methods in graphic design, informed by the visual structure of the Conservative Party poster (1979-2010) (Lead supervisor)
- Ninela Ivanova, The T-Probe. A fashion-led approach to advance understanding of novel and challenging material concepts and sensory experiences. (Lead supervisor)
- Shaza Sabbagh, Beyond Traditional Jewellery: How can culture and digital methods inform design of novel forms of female body adornment? (Lead supervisor)