Amber Martin-Woodhead


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    Research Interests

    I am a Human Geographer with an overarching research focus on the geographies of consumption, sustainability and feminist geography. My ongoing research interests concern minimalism, sustainable consumption, circular economies and sustainable & ethical fashion.

    I am currently conducting an RGS funded research project on the rise of minimalism within the UK, and a turn towards reduced and sustainable (non)consumption practices, as a potential response to excessive consumerism in a time of ‘peak stuff’.

    The research also focuses on the sustainable potential of minimalist families and focuses on how minimalist parents negotiate the transient nature of children’s objects. 

    I am also interested in sustainable fashion and fibres (including circular economies within fashion and recycled fibres) and fashion challenges (such as Tearfund's 'Great Fashion Fast’). 


    I am an Assistant Professor in Human Geography within the School of Energy, Construction and Environment.

    I completed my PhD on the geographies of the sex retail industry at the University of Nottingham before moving on to take a role as Lecturer in Economic Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. After which, I worked in a commercial market research agency working with clients from the luxury retail and the beauty industry.

    I later joined Coventry University where I research and teach geographies of consumption, fashion and sustainability and gender, sexuality and sex retail.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Queen Mary University of London

    1 Sep 20131 Jun 2014

    Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

    Human Geography, Doctorate, University of Nottingham

    1 Sep 20092 Dec 2013

    Award Date: 2 Dec 2013

    Economic Geography, MSc, University of Nottingham

    1 Sep 20081 Sep 2009

    Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

    Geography, Degree, University of Nottingham

    1 Sep 20051 May 2008

    Award Date: 1 Jun 2008


    • G Geography (General)
    • Fashion
    • Consumption
    • Retail
    • Minimalism
    • Gender
    • Ethical consumption
    • Branding


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