Jen's research interests include: design activism, social innovation and focus on the ever changing role of the design practitioner.
Her PhD research is titled e-Co-Textile Design: how can textile design and making, combined with social media tools, achieve a more sustainable fast fashion future?
A practice led research portfolio of design interventions were designed as a form of protest in response to mass production and argue a case for new fashion services to support consumer interaction with their clothing beyond the point of purchase.
These interventions have been designed and delivered within public events and festivals to demonstrate how consumer participation within the design process might reduce our consumption of throwaway fashion. Examples include workshops within the Victoria and Albert Museum FRIDAY NIGHT LATES, Marks and Spencers' 'Shwop Lab' and events within the London Design Festival.
Jen is currently a post doctoral research associate within Design in Action, an AHRC funded Knowledge Exchange project. Within this role, she is working with Zero Waste Scotland to conduct research around the circular economy.