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Biography

 I am a lecturer in Human Geography within the School of Energy, Construction and Environment and a Research Associate within the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience.  

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.

Research Interests

I have an overarching research focus on cultural economy approaches and the geographies of consumption. My ongoing research interests concern sustainable consumption and minimalism, ethical and sustainable fashion and fibres and gender and material embodiment.

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 explores minimalist fashion practices and sustainable fashion consumption including; the rise of minimalist capsule wardrobe curation and minimalist fashion challenges (such as ‘project 222’ and Labour Behind the Label’s ‘6 item challenge’). 

I also have research interests in fashion and circular economies. I am also currently researching independent, sustainable and ethical fashion retailers specialising in creating fashion from previous 'waste' materials, objects and fibres.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Queen Mary University of London

1 Sep 20131 Jun 2014

Human Geography, Doctorate, University of Nottingham

1 Sep 20092 Dec 2013

Economic Geography, MSc, University of Nottingham

1 Sep 20081 Sep 2009

Geography, Degree, University of Nottingham

1 Sep 20051 May 2008

Keywords

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

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Research Output 2012 2017

  • 36 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Abstract
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Minimalism as sustainable fashion

Martin-Woodhead, A., 11 Jul 2017. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
File
possession
environmental impact
resources
experience
7 Citations (Scopus)

Sex and the city: Branding, gender and the commodification of sex consumption in contemporary retailing

Crewe, L. & Martin-Woodhead, A., 1 Feb 2017, In : Urban Studies. 54, 3, p. 582–599 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
retailing
gender
intersectionality
city center
marketing

Looking at Luxury: consuming luxury fashion in global cities

Crewe, L. & Martin-Woodhead, A., 2016, Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich. Hay, I. & Beaverstock, J. V. (eds.). 1 ed. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, p. 322-338 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Citations (Scopus)

Plastic fantastic? Problematising post-feminism in erotic retailing in England

Martin-Woodhead, A., 8 Jul 2016, In : Gender, Place & Culture. 23, 10, p. 1420-1431

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
feminism
empowerment
objectivity
femininity
subjectivity

Sex Shops in England’s Cities: From the Backstreets to the High Streets

Martin-Woodhead, A., 10 Oct 2014, (Sub)Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry. Maginn, P. J. & Steinmetz, C. (eds.). 1 ed. London, UK: Routledge, p. 44-59 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

England

Activities 2011 2019

  • 6 Participation in conference
  • 4 Invited talk

Sensing Change conference

Amber Martin-Woodhead (Speaker)
Feb 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting

Amber Martin-Woodhead (Speaker)
Feb 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference