Kristina Brubacher

Kristina Brubacher

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Kristina is a Lecturer in Fashion Technology at the Department of Materials at The University of Manchester, where she contributes to teaching and research in the Fashion Business & Technology Group.  

After completing her BSc in Textile and Clothing Management (Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Germany) Kristina worked in the fashion industry in Germany and Australia before focusing more on functional clothing in her MSc in Clothing Product Development at Manchester Metropolitan University, where, following another period in industry, she studied also for her PhD on the design development of compression sportswear using 3D technologies.  

Research interests

Kristina’s research is interdisciplinary and lies at the intersection of clothing, the body and self-identify. Her main research interests include:

  • Product development and technical clothing design – especially for functional clothing and sportswear
  • Use of technologies to enhance clothing design and production processes  – specifically 3D CAD, virtual fit and 3D body scanning
  • Enhancing the clothing-body-relationship through technical design and material innovations – particularly fit, sizing and comfort
  • User-centred design processes – considering functional, expressive and aesthetic user needs
  • Perceptual effects of clothing on wearers – especially in relation to sportswear and performance as well as design for behavioural change

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Towards the Design of Sports Compression Garments with Controlled Pressure, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)


Award Date: 20 Jul 2018

Master of Science, Clothing Product Development, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)


Bachelor of Science, Textile and Clothing Management, Hochschule Niederrhein


External positions

Member of the Editorial Board for 'Sports Engineering'

Aug 2021 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures


  • Fashion Product Development
  • Fashion Technology
  • Functional Clothing Design
  • Compression Sportswear
  • 3D Body Scanning
  • Virtual Fit
  • User-centred Design


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