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Amber Martin-Woodhead

Lecturer in Human Geography, Coventry University

I am a lecturer in Human Geography within the School of Energy, Construction and Environment and a Research Associate within the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience.

I completed my PhD on the geographies of the sex retail industry at the University of Nottingham before moving on to take a role as Lecturer in Economic Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. After which, I worked in a commercial market research agency working with clients from the luxury retail and the beauty industry.

I later joined Coventry University where I research and teach geographies of consumption, fashion and sustainability and gender, sexuality and sex retail.

Research Interests:
I have an overarching research focus on cultural economy approaches and the geographies of consumption. My ongoing research interests concern sustainable consumption and minimalism, ethical and sustainable fashion and fibres and gender and material embodiment.

I am currently conducting an RGS funded research project on the rise of minimalism within the UK, and a turn towards reduced and sustainable (non)consumption practices, as a potential response to excessive consumerism in a time of ‘peak stuff’. The research explores minimalist fashion practices and sustainable fashion consumption including; the rise of minimalist capsule wardrobe curation and minimalist fashion challenges (such as ‘project 222’ and Labour Behind the Label’s ‘6 item challenge’).

I also have research interests in fashion and circular economies. I am also currently researching independent, sustainable and ethical fashion retailers specialising in creating fashion from previous 'waste' materials, objects and fibres.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Human Geography, Coventry University