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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Catherine Glover is a fashion researcher and PhD student. Her research specialism is transnational storytelling and how social and brand communities enact story processes that inspire grassroots action, employing narrative inquiry as the principal methodology. She has published articles on the luxury brand Rapha, Harris Tweed, the Tweed Run, and her role as a madoguchi reporting on British fashion, craft, design and architecture for Japanese avant-garde publication, Hanatsubaki.

Her research has appeared in the Critical Journal of Fashion and Beauty (11.1), International Journal of Fashion (4.2), Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management (22.1) and Understanding Luxury Fashion: From Emotions to Brand Building (Palgrave Macmillan, eds. Cantista and Sábada, 2019). She has presented her research to peer and industry audiences at the Global Fashion Conference 2016, 2018, 2020 and the Design History 2019 'Cost of Design' conference. She is currently researching into nostalgia and clothing, Fashion Revolution and the paradoxical nature of fashion and sustainability, and writing autobiographical fashion poetry.

Prior to academia, Catherine worked for fifteen years in industry as a luxury fashion PR, design journalist, copyeditor, and editorial coordinator in arts publishing. Her links with industry continue to inform both research projects and research-led teaching through live collaborative projects with professional partners and social initiatives.


Key Publications

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  • Fashion Storytelling through Dress and Lego Mini-figures: Mary Queen of Scots, Glover, C. 23 Oct 2020, Proceedings of Global Fashion Conference 2020, Global Fashion Conference
  • Rapha: weaving story strands of luxury, Glover, C. 15 Jan 2020, Understanding Luxury Fashion, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan
  • The Tweed Run meets Harris Tweed: Stories of a fashionable cycling experience, Glover, C. 1 Jun 2020, In: Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty
  • Harris Tweed – the fabric of a community, Glover, C. 1 Jun 2019
  • Rapha and its embedded storytelling, Glover, C. 12 Mar 2018, In: Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management
  • The Tweed Run: the sustainable rise of fashionable cycling, Glover, C. 1 Nov 2018, Proceedings of Global Fashion Conference 2018, Global Fashion Conference
  • The role of madoguchi in transnational fashion, Glover, C. 1 Oct 2017, In: International Journal of Fashion Studies
  • Charting a Quest: Rapha and its Storytelling Potential, Glover, C. 20 Oct 2016, Global Fashion Conference 2016
  • Fashion by Chance 1960–1974: a visual autobiography, Glover, C. 2016, In: Costume


  • Arts (general) MRes October 16 2017
  • Fashion BA (Hons) July 17 2001
  • Art and Design (other/general) Diploma July 20 1997
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice PGHEP 2013
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

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