Lynn Wilson



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Circular Economy Wardrobe


Research title: Closing the loop. Driving a post-consumer clothing circular economy

Research Summary

My research is an in-depth multi-method qualitative study of post-consumer clothing disposal behaviour in the field of consumer behaviour research, marketing theory. The aim of the research is to contribute knowledge in the field of post-consumer clothing disposal. The objective of the study is to understand how we can develop new recycling and business models that enable clothing to stay in circulation use for as long as possible and then be disposed of in a way that extends the life of the fibre and textile content in a circular system.

A key focus of my research is the role that contamination and the misalignment of clothing plays in relation to the post-consumer decision to get rid of clothing and how this determines where it ends up.


Wilson, L. The sustainable future of the Scottish textiles sector: challenges and opportunities of introducing a circular economy model. Text Cloth Sustain 1, 5 (2015). 


1+3 Economic Social Research Council (2017-2021) PhD grant in collaboration with the Ethical Consumer Research Association

£783 from Adam Smith Business School towards fieldwork costs

£500 Award from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). Runner up in the 2020 Student Knowledge Exchange Impact Awards



Attended: 11th European ACR Conference, Ghent, Belgium.

Attended: Sustainability Symposium, Study day. EMLyon Business School, Lyon, France, October 2018


University of Glasgow:
Adjunct lecturer MSc Global Business Ethics, 2020
Guest lecturer, MSc Global Business Ethics, 2018, 2019

Guest lecturer:
Imperial College, London,
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Edinburgh
University of the Arts London

Additional Information

Runner up in the 3-minute thesis heat final 2020. Final to be confirmed.