Meet the Speakers for LFS 2021

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Andreas Chatzidakis

Andreas Chatzidakis received his PhD from Nottingham Business School in 2007, focusing on consumer accounts and justifications for not supporting the Fair Trade movement. Since then he has been more broadly interested on the intersection of consumption with ethics and politics, working on projects such as consumer-oriented activism in post 2008 Athens and the role of care and relationality in everyday consumption. His work also explores identity-based and spatial politics in contemporary consumer culture, drawing on disciplines such as human geography and psychoanalysis. He is co-editor of Marketing Theory, senior editor of CITY, and member of the editorial board of Journal of Macromarketing and the newly formed Journal of Consumer Ethics. He has co-edited a book entitled Ethics and Morality in Consumption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Prof Deirdre Shaw and Dr Michal Carrington) and just finished co-authoring a book entitled Contemporary Issues in Marketing (with Prof Liz Parsons and Prof Pauline Maclaran). He is currently co-organising an ESRC sponsored seminar series on Consumer Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. 

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Ashleigh Blasbery

Ashleigh is currently undertaking a PhD in Marketing and Consumer Culture. Her research explores the opportunities and limitations of social media in influencing sustainable marketplace change. The project will contribute to understanding how activism spreads and weaves itself into digital spaces. Ashleigh is soon to begin recording her own podcast, The Trickl, which seeks to break down academic research into casual, palatable discussion so that all can benefit and enjoy.

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Deirdre Shaw

Deirdre is Professor Marketing and Consumer Research at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. She has researched the area of consumption ethics throughout her career, publishing on the subject in a range of international journals, including, British Journal of Management, Work, Employment and Society, Journal of Consumer Culture, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing, Business History, Journal of Marketing Management, Sustainable Development; contributing to books and non-academic publications and giving invited talks and supervising PhD researchers in this area.

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Hakan Karaosman

Hakan Karaosman is a sustainability management professional and academic researcher, focusing on supply chain sustainability in the fashion industry. Previously, he was a sustainability consultant, assisting companies to report their carbon footprint and CSR performance. He is currently the principal researcher of Sustainable Luxury Academy, an observatory research project that is developed by Politecnico di Milano School of Management and Mazars and that is aiming to spread ethical and environmental stewardship across luxury supply networks. He has written several academic papers for international publications including Journal of Business Research, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Sustainability, Business Process Management, Vogue Italia and Corriere della Sera as well as various book chapters, industrial reports and essays on fashion supply chain sustainability. He has been a scientific committee member of the International Workshop on Luxury Retail, Operations and Supply Chain Management, assistant curator of State of
Fashion 2018 - Searching for New Luxury (the first-large scale international public event dedicated to sustainable and fair fashion), academic partner for the Sustainable Thinking exhibit of Salvatore Ferragamo, expert for the project on apparel and footwear supply chain transparency and traceability developed by the United Nations, organizer of a number of industrial engagement events, and advisory board member of the Sustainable Luxury Academy. He holds BSc. in Environmental Engineering, MSc. in Management in Engineering of Energy and Environment and double degree Ph.D. in Industrial Management.

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Hasna Kurda

Hasna Kourda (CEO and co-founder of SYW) started Save Your Wardrobe with a hope of making consumers more aware of their after purchase behaviour. At the end of its lifecycle, an item can be donated, gifted, repurposed or recycled. However, in most cases it ends up in a landfill. Hasna grew up in Tunisia, where as in many other African countries, textiles from European countries are exported to and thrown away in landfills, causing major environmental issues. Fortunately, Hasna had her grandmother as the greatest example of circularity, showing her how to make the most of each textile.

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Helen Holmes

Helen is an interdisciplinary social scientist with expertise in the sociology of consumption, materiality and diverse economies, particularly circular economy. Having completed a Geography BA at Durham University in 2002, she went on to carve out a career in marketing working for Yell PLC and The Co-operative Bank. In 2005 she returned to academia and gained my MA in Human Geography Research at Sheffield University.  She remained at Sheffield for the next nine years, undertaking an ESRC funded PhD exploring hair, hairdressing and the practices of women’s haircare (supervised by Prof Nicky Gregson),  followed by two post-doctoral positions investigating interdisciplinary collaborations between material science and social science. She joined Manchester in 2015 as a Hallsworth Fellow based at the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), undertaking a project exploring contemporary forms of thrift.  She was made a research fellow of the SCI in 2018, followed by my appointment as lecturer in 2020.  She is also a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives and co-editor of the Sage journal Sociology.

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Henning Gillberg

Henning Gillberg is the founder of Repamera, an e-repair company that repairs cloths through an online service. In 2017 Henning founded the first edition of #whitemonday, the circular counterpart of Black Friday. #whitemonday favours organisations that offer sharing- and circular services. Over 200 companies, organisations and influencers from various countries participate in #whitemonday, which traditionally occurs the Monday before Black Friday (25th of November 2019). In 2020, the initiative was renamed CircularMonday.

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Katia Balabanova

Katia’s work focuses on the relationship between media and human rights and research into the ways that business, government and NGOs communicate about human rights issues. The theme of slavery and unfree labour connects with her interest in the ethical dimension of public debates over migration, refugees and fast fashion. In 2020, Katia completed a Knowledge Exchange project with a leading online fashion retailer examining the backlash on social media over working conditions and environmental costs. She has previously conducted evaluations of communication campaigns of international refugee organisations. Current work includes an exploration of the reporting of ‘slave auctions’ in Libya in Europe and Africa, analysis of modern slavery and human rights statements by businesses, and research into the role of social media in campaigns resisting government policies on migrants and refugees.

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Lynn Wilson

​Lynn is an early pioneer of the circular economy in Scotland starting out in the Circular Economy team at Zero Waste Scotland in 2013. She is a circular economy design consultant and an award winning academic social science researcher with extensive national and international experience in circular economy and ethics for sustainable business practices. She is also founder of Circular Economy Wardrobe, a non-profit educational platform that shares knowledge and resources from her academic and commercial research projects.

Lynn's research is an in-depth multi-method qualitative study of post-consumer clothing disposal behaviour in the field of consumer behaviour research, marketing theory.  The objective of the study is to understand how we can develop new recycling and business models that enable clothing to stay in circulation use for as long as possible and then be disposed of in a way that extends the life of the fibre and textile content in a circular system.

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Rob Harrison

Rob was one of the founders of Ethical Consumer in 1988. With rising consumer boycotts and campaigns, he wanted information to guide my own purchases in a logical way. No one else was providing this at the time.

Before Ethical Consumer, he did a Law Degree at Manchester University. He was active in student protest movements at the time around Apartheid South Africa and Third World Debt. He has worked as a consultant to NGOs (including Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace) on engaging consumers in their campaigns, as an advisor to government departments (including those in Belgium, Austria and Brazil) on encouraging the use of ethical consumption and procurement for social and environmental goals, as a consultant to consumer organisations (including groups in Spain and Hungary) on researching the CSR performance of companies, and to companies (including the Co-operative Bank and Lush Cosmetics) on developing world-leading ethical policies and implementing them in practice.

He has also edited and contributed to academic work in this area including the 2005 Sage book 'The Ethical Consumer' [] and the 1997 Routledge 'Green Building Handbook'. [].

He has been an editor of Ethical Consumer magazine since its inception and has spoken widely in the press, on radio and on TV as well as to universities and campaign groups around the world on the importance of facilitating ethical consumption in a globalised marketplace.

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Sarah Rafferty

Sarah is the founder of THREE SISTERS, a North West based fashion brand, and winner of the LFS2020 Sustainable Fund!
THREE SISTERS was born from a desire to allow people to dress responsibly and stylishly for years to come. She designs each collection from a single sketch, then fully develop styles in the pattern cutting stages, into the finished styles. THREE SISTERS collections are designed to go against the traditional fashion seasons. She believes in season-less dressing and work to create THREE SISTERS pieces that have no time or seasonal constraints, so all of their garments can be worn through out the year, whenever and forever. Sarah has adopted the less is more ethos at THREE SISTERS and produces garments on a made to order basis to avoid over production. 

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Sharon Benning-Prince

Sharon Benning-Prince provides legal expertise and commercial insight attained from 12 years working in city law firms.
Since leaving private practice in 2008, Sharon has worked with various companies as an outsourced, in-house legal counsel facilitating such companies with respect to their contract needs and transaction assistance, additionally forging strong relationships with senior management and providing sound and practical commercial solutions. She assists companies on both their commercial and supply chain transparency requirements and was the lead lawyer with Primark in relation to the Rana Plaza collapse compensation scheme and ethical supply chain agreements.
She has relationships with non-governmental organisations and is an anti slavery envoy for the Medaille Trust and also provides pro-bono assistance to International Justice Mission (an international anti-trafficking charity).
She has authored several guidance papers and toolkits in respect of due diligence guidance for investors and shareholders and the drafting of Codes of Conduct and anti-slavery wording and co-written a book on UK modern slavery with Dr Mike Emberson.
More recently, Sharon co-founded the organisation Justice in Fashion (

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Sophie Benson

Sophie is a freelance writer working with a focus on sustainable fashion, the environment and consumerism. She writes for publications like The Guardian, Refinery29, Dazed, AnOther and Metro, covering everything from garment workers’ rights and greenwashing to secondhand shopping and consumer behaviour.

Unsettled by the ever-quickening pace of production and unsatisfied with the human and environmental cost of fashion, she aims to promote a different vision of the industry. One that exists within planetary boundaries, that doesn’t exploit those at the bottom of the chain, and that flourishes upon creativity and innovation.

She believes in the power of binding legislation to evoke sweeping change, rather than placing the blame for everything at individuals’ feet, you’ll often see her calling brands out on social media for not doing their fair share of the leg work, or even a fraction of their fair share, for that matter.

This all sounds quite serious, but she also thinks fashion should be fun. Sustainable fashion doesn’t only exist within the parameters of clean lines, muted tones and basic capsule wardrobes. 

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Tara Lou

Tara and her channel, This Outfit Cost, are here to show that sustainable fashion does not have to cost a lot, through shopping at charity shops, using secondhand platforms e.g. apps, swapping and more.

Tara posts mainly outfit cost breakdowns ‘This Outfit Cost…’ along with educational posts, how-to’s, q&a’s and styling videos on IGTV.

Having explored over 30 countries, Tara also really loves to travel, and her hobbies include diving, skiing, reading and shopping. She’s always striving to educate herself further on topics of conservation and sustainability.

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Vera Hoelscher

Vera's research focuses on shared spaces of ethical consumption. Looking at both the physical as well as the digital realm, her aim is to explore the impact sharing space can have on networks of ethical consumption. Part of this is her interest in the qualitative differences of interactions that happen offline versus those engaged in online. In considering these spaces, Vera researches whether ethical consumption communities can utilise digital space to scale up on shared physical space. 

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Kavita Basi

Kavita survived a subarachnoid haemorrhage and four brain surgeries that kept her for 2 months in hospital. With the help of Family & friends she began to log her journey through multiple channels. Sharing her thoughts, feelings and discovery from diagnosis through to recovery. It was important to her to help others who may have endured a similar experience and in 2018, she published her book Room 23 surviving a Brain Hemorrhage. She began to work closely with charities who were built around helping those with neurological conditions and their family and friends around them.

Having always been interested in sustainability, she decided to create two brands with a different purpose but each with the same goals. Working on key sustainable products with longevity, designing with intent, eco materials that are either recycled, vegan and cruelty free through to biodegradable packaging. Each process is thought through to ensure they are providing the best products for both consumers and our planet.

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Bharti Patel

Bharti Patel is a Child Rights and Social Justice Advocate and Ambassador for Justice in Fashion. A campaigner with a passion for making an impactful change to law, policy and practice on human rights, social, economic and environmental justice. Bharti has 20 years’ experience of leading highly influential charities working on human rights in the UK and India.  Her successes include influencing legislation and policy on protecting children and women against economic exploitation, trafficking and transnational sexual abuse, development of statutory and voluntary guidance on the Transparency in Supply Chain in the Modern Slavery Act and the introduction of the National Minimum Wage in the UK. In India, she supported community-led programmes to strengthen food, water and livelihood security for the most marginalised communities in rural India.  

An accomplished speaker, Bharti has been featured widely in national and international print and broadcast media, regularly quoted in articles on poverty, inequality and injustice, child rights and child protection. 

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Julie Roberts

Julie Roberts is Marketing Manager for Yorkshire-based heritage woollen mill, AW Hainsworth. Hainsworth has been responsible for weaving the look of Iconic England ever since the company was established in 1783. Many of the famous images that have been used across the world to celebrate Great Britain are made unforgettable through the use of Hainsworth cloth including the Striking Scarlet of the Royal Guards, the ceremonial uniforms worn by the Royal Family during state occasions and the military uniforms worn during the Charge of the Light Brigade. Hainsworth is also the first choice for top fashion designers. The company are deeply committed to sustainability and the Slow Fashion movement. In late 2020, Hainsworth undertook a major research project to understand present consumer attitudes towards Slow Fashion. The company believes that a deeper understanding of this can help the industry to formulate plans and activities that generate awareness, inclusion, accessibility and uptake for and from consumers, moving away from fast fashion and putting into place a new model that is better for the environment, communities and generations to come.

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Patsy Perry

Dr Patsy Perry is a Reader in Fashion Marketing at Manchester Fashion Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University and Associate Editor of the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. Her PhD investigated the management of Corporate Social Responsibility in fashion supply chains with fieldwork conducted in Sri Lanka. She is an experienced educator and researcher, with numerous articles published in journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Nature Reviews Earth and Environment and various book chapters. She has been invited to teach internationally in China, Italy, Sweden, Croatia and the UAE, and is regularly featured in the national and international broadcast and print media for her expertise in fashion sustainability, having appeared on BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Channel 4, BBC Radio and TalkRadio, and quoted in The Telegraph, The Independent, The Observer, Financial Times, Vogue Business, Harper’s Bazaar, CNN and the South China Morning Post amongst others. She is an invited speaker, podcast guest and has also written for The and the Big Issue North.