Prof. Tom Cassidy
Chair of Design, University of Leeds

Professor Tom Cassidy holds the chair of design in the University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom. He holds four degrees (ATI, MSc, MBA, and PhD) and is a fellow of the Design Research Society (FRDS). He has been in education for 40 years following 9 years in the textile and clothing industry. He has carried out many consultancies, both nationally and internationally since the late 1970s, for agencies such as the UN, ODA as well as textile and clothing companies. Professor Cassidy is a regular reviewer for the Textile Research Journal, Measurement Science and Technology, the Journal of the Textile Institute, and many other academic journals. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics, Textile Progress, and the Journal of Global Fashion Marketing. He has supervised 30 PhD students and 3 MPhil students to completion and is currently supervising 6 PhD students. Professor Cassidy’s research interests are wide and span most areas of textile and clothing design technology and education. He has held major grants from UK Research Councils for projects in textile design technology and strategic design.