Alexandra is a lecturer in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University and a member of RMIT’s Academic Board. With a PhD in sociology from the University of Sheffield and a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from UCL she explores the role of material and visual culture in relation to identity and processes of identification. She is also interested in the value of Indigenous knowledge systems for teaching ethical and sustainable fashion and textiles practices.
Between 2010 and 2013 Alexandra worked as the postgraduate researcher on the ESRC-funded research project 'If the Shoe Fits: Footwear Identity and Transition' at the University of Sheffield. Her doctoral research explored the social lives of Clarks Originals shoes. In 2021 she founded the Footwear Research Network to support the ongoing development of academic enquiries into shoes and to enhance academic/industry collaboration.