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Dr Julie King

Dr. Julie King has worked in academia for over 30 years, in 1994 she joined Nottingham Trent University establishing a pioneering online trend sourcing website, creating the first CD catalogue of designer catwalk collections for Drapers in 1998.

At the Hong Kong Polytechnic University she established the first MA in Fashion and Textiles in the Asia Pacific region, and was recently appointed as the Chair of the School International Advisory Board. Dr King was Head of Department of Fashion and Textiles at De Montfort University between 2003-2014, becoming Director of the Fashion and Design Institute in Mauritius on sabbatical from DMU. In 2014 she became Head of Fashion at the University of Northampton, and in 2019 moved to The University of South Wales to become Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries. In May 2022 she became Executive Dean of Digital Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University, managing a diverse portfolio incorporating Art and Design, Media, Games, Computing and Engineering, and takes up her new role as Dean of the Nottingham Campus of Oxford Business School in July 2024.

Since 2003 she has been Events Director for the ASBCI, taking up the Chair of the Association in March 2023, is the Textile Institute’s Chair of the Design Special Interest Group, and a member of the FTC Steering Committee since 2012. She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, an academic consultant the University of Hull, works with the Open University and has been a visiting professor, guest judge and academic consultant at numerous global institutions. Dr King’s knowledge and experience of China is widely recognised and she has given guest lectures and keynote speeches at Tsinghua University, Beijing, Donghua University, Shanghai and The HKDI amongst others.

An expert in colour forecasting, the subject of her PhD, she worked as a forecaster with Global Colour Research, has published in books, journals, delivered conference papers, guest lectures and keynote speeches. She is regularly invited to review conference abstracts and papers and participate in the organising committees of such events.