Fashion Design Education and Social Responsibility Survey

Fashion Design Education and Social Responsibility Survey

1. Introduction

The issue of social responsibility (SR) is currently being discussed within fashion/textile apparel studies. However, there is no existing measure for fashion/textile design educators to benchmark their work in social responsibility against others in their field.

The main objective of the Fashion Design Education and Social Responsibility Survey was to help leading fashion design educators reference their work against other leading experts in their field, within the context of social responsibility. The survey also hoped to gain insight into whether or not issues surrounding social responsibility are currently being discussed within the top international design schools impacting the industry today.

The global survey was sent to over 150 design educators from 12 different countries. Participants were contacted individually; the survey had an 18% response rate. All information collected has been kept strictly confidential. The survey was anonymous and thus no names have appeared in this final report.

Mary has a PhD in Sociology from University of Edinburgh, researching responsible fashion and transnational labour rights activism in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

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