Steve Hayes

Steve Hayes


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Research interests

Current Research:

As a member of our Apparel Design Engineering research collective within the theme of Textiles & Apparel, we have several research strands centred around digital and physical technologies for sustainable apparel product development and manufacture.

Current PhD research projects include:
Collaborative Design Integration in the Chinese Apparel Industry
Pattern construction to embed traditional Saudi designs into modern garment offers 
The application of body scanning for modern approaches to pattern drafting and its effectiveness for Saudi Womenswear
The use of 3D technologies for placing the consumer within product development and selection
Developing a relationship between 3D body scanning data and custom knit technology for fashion application
Technically fabric: Innovation in Textile Practice and Design in 20th-21st Century Manchester

My interests are summarised below and I would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in collaborating or studying in this field.

Production: engineering, management, economics, modelling.

Joining (flexible materials): stitching, bonding, welding, modelling.

Design: user/co-design/open-design (with a focus on functional clothing).

Body scanning: data extraction, analysis and modelling, enabling technologies, manufacturing integration.

Methodology: At heart, I am a positivist enjoying experimental design, whilst being a pragmatist and utilising mixed methods.



Join me as a research student

If you are interested in conducting research in the areas of fashion manufacturing, functional clothing product development, fabric joining, 3-D body scanning, industrial engineering or manufacturing systems do get in touch. Together we can extend and share knowledge in these areas.

Further information

About Me

I was an academic at UMIST and Manchester Metropolitan University before my appointment at UoM. I am a Member of the Textile Institute and was made a Fellow in its centenary year as well as being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. Prior to my academic career, I initially trained and worked as a sewing machine technician. I have held positions as an industrial/ production engineer and production manager in the garment manufacturing industry, in the UK and Morocco, as well as having been a member of a retail buying team as a textile and garment technologist.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

External positions

Trustee of the Cotton Textiles Research Trust

5 Dec 2018 → …

Member of Professional Qualifications Committee, The Textile Institute

6 Jun 201712 Feb 2021

Assessor, Innovate UK, Materials & Manufactcuring

6 Oct 2016 → …

Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

1 Jan 2008 → …

Areas of expertise

  • Q Science (General)
  • L Education (General)
  • TS Manufactures


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