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Dr Lee Barron

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Design. I teach in the areas of fashion branding and marketing and luxury brand management. I am the Co-ordinator for the MA Luxury Brand Management programmes at Northumbria University's London and Amsterdam campus. I am also the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences Co-ordinator for the Amsterdam campus, which involves the management of PG and UG programmes and the development of programmes  for the campus. My research interests include fashion, fashion design, celebrity, and tattoo cultures and practice. I am currently developing research work in the areas of artificial intelligence and smart city technologies and the development of connected cars and autonomous vehicles.

Lee Barron

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My researech interests include cultural understandings of celebrity, fashion identity and design approaches, tattoo cultures and media representation, the analysis of film, television and popular music, and craft tradtions. I am currently developing research work in the connected areas of artifical intelligence, smart city technologies and autonomous vehicles.

Key Publications

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  • Celebrity Habitus, Confessional Style: Self-Reflective Bodily Instruction within Khloé Kardashian’s Strong Looks Better Naked, Barron, L. 1 May 2021, In: Fashion, Style and Popular Culture
  • The Creative Influence of History in Fashion Practice: The Legacy of the Silk Road and Chinese-Inspired Culture-Led Design , Barron, L. 4 May 2021, In: Fashion Practice
  • The Return of the Celebrity Fashion Muse: Brand Endorsement, Creative Inspiration and Celebrity-Influenced Design Communication , Barron, L. 19 Sep 2021, In: Fashion Theory - Journal of Dress Body and Culture
  • Dina Torkia’s Modestly: Beauty work, autobiographical habitus and the modest fashion influencer, Barron, L. 1 Dec 2020, In: Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty
  • Ultraviolent Gothic Visions: Lucio Fulci’s ‘Gates of Hell’ Trilogy as Derridean Cinematic Haunted Spaces, Barron, L. 20 Jul 2020, In: Gothic Studies
  • A history of realistic rock rebellion: Rush, Heidegger and the spirit of authenticity, Barron, L. 16 Dec 2019, In: Popular Music History
  • The Workmanship of Risk Meets Reality TV: The History Channel’s Forged in Fire, Barron, L. 28 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Modern Craft
  • Postmodern theories of celebrity, Barron, L. 5 Mar 2018, Routledge Handbook of Celebrity Studies, Taylor & Francis
  • Tattoo Culture: Theory and Contemporary Contexts, Barron, L. 1 Jul 2017
  • Pulling down barriers: Neil Peart, autobiographical confession and negotiated rock celebrity, Barron, L. 1 Aug 2016, In: Celebrity Studies

PGR Supervision

  • Rima Darras The Jordanian T-shirt: A hybrid Medium for Affirming and Preserving Jordanian National and Cultural Identity Start Date: 01/06/2020
  • Sarah Walton Cutters Context; a practice led combined approach to manual and digital pattern cutting principles to inform new design tools and processes. Start Date: 01/06/2020
  • Kyra Jewitt The Lens of Fashion Film: A theoretical and practical investigation into fashion's moving image. Start Date: 05/10/2016
  • Andrew Ross The Harley Quinn Experience: How do the content creators of a multi-platform fictional universe re-mediate trans-modal story content in order to produce a multivalent media property? Start Date: 02/10/2012
  • Graeme Fidler UNIFORM ICON: Why has an historic military garment remained relevant for over a century and can a new approach to designing the trench coat inform commercial opportunity. Start Date: 01/03/2020
  • Nkumbu Mutambo Heritage in Zambian Fashion Design: An IPA approach Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Fiona Elliott Social fabric: A study of community representation through contemporary banner-making in North East England. Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Nattawat Wongwilatnurak The Construction of Social Reality through the Supernatural in Thai Television Drama Programmes and the Perspective of Thai Audiences Start Date: 08/10/2013 End Date: 07/11/2018
  • THOMAS MORRIS ‘Here are the Young Men, A Weight on their Shoulders’: Media Narratives of Male Suicide and Despair in Popular Music and Society Start Date: 01/10/2010


  • Cultural Studies PhD December 31 2004
  • Cultural Studies MA (Hons) June 30 1997
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2009

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