Portrait of  Joanne Marie Harris Joanne Marie Harris

j.m.harris@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473129


Joanne is currently MA Programme Leader for the Department of Fashion and Textiles and Course Leader for MA Fashion Textile Practices.

Joanne’s research reflects and represents her professional creative industry experiences. Her career began in theatre set and costume design and evolved into textiles and surface design working in UK and international design studios before joining the University of Huddersfield as a lecturer in printed textiles in 1999. Joanne completed her MA at Manchester Metropolitan University in Textiles in 2005 and was then appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Surface Design for Fashion and Interiors course and has been actively embedding creative enterprise into the course for nine years. Joanne’s passionate vision for engaging industry partnerships and creating and transforming “real” opportunities within the creative industries of Surface and Textiles for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students is at the heart of her Doctoral research.

Research and Scholarship

Joanne’s Doctorate of Enterprise (EntD) research focuses on investigating what is the real impact of ‘live’ enterprise experience in design education for undergraduate

BA students and Postgraduate MA students and questions how can this be captured and converted into an operational design business. The research compares enterprise models for creative enterprise in UK HE with contemporary design studio business models and explores design thinking strategies and methods from the current organizations such as IDEO, FULE RCA and SME creatives to late nineteenth century Arts & Craft anti industrial revolution movements to Bauhaus new design strategyies for education with a modernist vision of art and industry relationships embedded directly into the art school learning environment.

The research intention for the main contribution is to establish a new design thinking formula and framework for a commercial enterprise with a design practice business with ethical and humanistic spiritual values that are instinctively aligned to the creative process at the heart of the operation.

IDEAShaus Transdisciplinary Studio

Website: http://ideashaus.com/

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Power, J., Leaper, D. and Harris, J. (2017) ‘Designing functional medical products for children with cancerInternational Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education . ISSN 1754-3266


Greenwood, L., Power, J. and Harris, J. (2016) ‘The Power of the Forecaster: An Exploration into the Value of Trend Forecasting for the Survival of SME’s in the Creative Industries’. In: The 90th Textile Institute World Conference, 25th – 28th April 2016, Poznan, Poland

Greenwood, L., Power, J. and Harris, J. (2016) ‘The power of the forecaster: An exploration into the value of trend forecasting for the survival of SME’s in the creative industry’. In: The 90th Textile Institute World Conference, 25th – 28th April 2016, Poznan, Poland

Power, J., Harris, J. and Leaper, D. (2016) ‘Using QFD As A Method To Develop Functional Medical Products For Children With Cancer.’. In: The 90th Textile Institute World Conference, 25th – 28th April 2016, Poznan, Poland


Power, J., Harris, J. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘Improving everyday life experiences for young children with cancerDiscover .

Harris, J (2015) ‘Making it Real: Enterprise and Innnovation’. In: The Surface Design Show 2015, 10th-12th February 2015, Business Design Centre London


Harris, J. and Smith, G. (2014) 3M BIC Innovation Fund NovaGlaze Research and Technology Project. Huddersfield, UK: 3M Buckley Innovation Center (Unpublished)

Greenwood, L. and Harris, J. (2014) ‘The Power of the Forecaster: An exploration into the value of trend forecasting for the survival of small to medium enterprises in the creative industry.’. In: Transitions: Rethinking Textiles and Surface, 26th - 27th November 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Harris, J (2014) ‘Making It Real: A creative enterprise case study’. In: Transitions: Rethinking Textiles and Surfaces, 26th - 27th November 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Harris, J., Redshaw, V. and Philip, P.(2014) Enterprise experience for surface designers at the international 2014 Flooring Show Harrogate [Show/Exhibition]

Harris, J (2014) Exhibition at The International Surface Design Show London 2014 [Show/Exhibition]


Fairley, R., Harris, J., Miles, J. and Taylor, A. (2012) ‘Fabric and Matter: Conversations in Concrete’. In: The international Conference for Flexible Formwork 2012, 27th - 29th June 2012, University of Bath


Taylor, A., Harris, J., Unver, E. and Lewis, L.(2011) Exhibition of materials thinking and research: Digital 3D Modelling & Additive Prototypes of Surface Materials. [Show/Exhibition]

Taylor, A., Harris, J., Unver, E. and Lewis, L.(2011) Extraordinary 3D Surface Materials: A practice based exhibition of 3D learning artefacts and prototypes. [Show/Exhibition]



20011 – 20014  External Examiner  for FA/BA(Hons) Textile Design course at The Arts University Bournemouth.

20014 – Chief External Examiner – Department of Art & Design The Arts University Bournemouth

20015 PhD - Internal examiner Training  - The University of Huddersfield.

  • Course Validation

May 2015 – External academic panel member for final terms and conditions for - course Validation of BA(Hons) Design

New Collage Durham – Validated by TeeSide University.

May 2014 – External academic panel member for validation of BA (Hons) Design

New Collage Durham



  • November 2014 - Main Conference Organiser for the International conference:

Transitions Re: Thinking Textiles and Surfaces. Hosted by the University of Huddersfield Department of Fashion and Textiles.

Main Organisers team – Joanne Harris, Professor John Miles, Dr Pammi Sinha

Please see website for full programme, keynotes and Conference proceedings.


  • November 2017 – Main Organiser Transitions 2: Material Revolution

Hosted By 3M Innovation Centre The University of Huddersfield.



  • 2015 – Nominated for a Student Thankyou award.
  • July 2012 – Awarded The Vice Chancellors Enterprise Award for second place as inspiring enterprise educator. The University of Huddersfield. Award presented by Sir Patrick Stewart University Chancellor.
  • 2005 – SARC Research Grant of £1,000 awarded by the University of Huddersfield Departent of Textiles for travel to Japan to present at Tama Art University Shibori Symposium and Travel across Japan for Indigo research.
  • 1996 - Awarded a student Travel Scholarship of £700 by the Manchester Metropolitan University Department of Fashion & Textiles to travel to Java Indonesia for research of Javanese Batick.



  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Degree Supervision

Joanne gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Research Supervision in 2011.


Principle Supervisor: Masters by Research Degree (PGR)

Main supervisor for Full time and Part time students studying MA by Research.


Supervision Research Topics and Completions:

Currently supervising:

  • 2016 E. Linney – Title: Maintaining the aesthetic: Exploring the process from surface design concept to manufactured wall installation and the transition from the sample to the manufactured end product.

Main supervisor J.M.Harris Co- Supervisor J.Conlon

  • 2016 L.Dillingham – Title: A fusion of science and fashion: An exploration into improving anxiety through fashion.

Main supervisor J.M.Harris Co- Supervisor C.Allan

  • 2015 G.Holmes – Title: Developmental potential of queer UK markets for fashion marketing. How, if possible, can fashion marketing appeal to the UK’s queer culture? (Working title)

            Main supervisor J.M.Harris  Co- Supervisor C.Allan


  • 2013 – 2015 T.Bates – Title: Costume with Textiles: The Role and Development of Textiles in the Interpretation of Historical Dress for Contemporary Theatrical Costume.

            Main supervisor J.M.Harris  Co- Supervisor Dr S.Ripley

  • 2014 – 2015 L.Greenwood – Title: The Power of the Forecaster: An exploration into the value of trend forecasting for the survival of small to medium enterprises in the creative industries.

Main supervisor J.M.Harris Co- Supervisor Dr J.Power

  • 2013 – 2015 H.Howles – Title: Embellishing, engraving materials using laser technology to create innovative surfaces for recycled and sustainable materials.

Main supervisor J.M.Harris Co- Supervisor Dr P.Sinha / Dr T.Cassidy

  • 2011 – 2013 R.Fairley – Title: Investigating the Surface Qualities of Concrete: A practice led research project exploiting the form finding behavior of concrete to discover new ways of using concrete as a decorative material.

Main supervisor J.M.Harris Co- Supervisor Professor J.Miles

Enterprise Activities

Surface Design Trade Show Exhibitions

2007 - 2016

Joanne has established a network of Industry contacts through curating and exhibiting at the international Surface Design Show Business Design center in London for the past ten years.

The BA Surface Design course at the University of Huddersfield is the only course and University to exhibit at the renowned trade show for the surface design industry and has become a recognised face for creative exploration with surface materials.

The Surface Design Show is an international trade show in London’s Business Design Centre Islington, the shows visitor profile is interior designers, architects and specifies for the built environment the companies that exhibit at the trade show vary from suppliers for flooring, wall coverings, to designer lighting and trend forecasting. Joanne has developed good relationships with companies over the years and established sponsored projects, placements for students and enterprise partnerships; She was guest speaker at the 2012 show invited to talk to an audience of 600 industry guest about her enterprise work.


Teaching and Professional Activities

Postgraduate Teaching Skills:

2015 – present      Senior Lecturer & MA Programme Leader for the suite of Taught Masters (TMA) courses in the department of Fashion and Textiles.


MA Fashion Textile Practices

MA Creative Pattern Cutting

MA International Fashion Management


Responsible for:

  • Overseeing course management and organisation.
  • Module leadership and programme timetabling.
  • Module valuations and implementing new programme developments.
  • Building and establishing Industry and enterprise relationships.
  • Effectively communicating with senior management team, MA course leaders and support staff.
  • Developing and implementing research links and embedding innovative research methodologies with the schools research centers building on cross-disciplinary approaches between staff and PG student research projects. (See research projects and conference organisation)
  • Strategic planning for marketing and recruitment.
  • Teaching, assessment and moderation across all courses.

2010 – Present     Course Leader MA Fashion Textile Practices (previously titled MA Textiles)


Responsible for:

  • Writing implementing and validation of course programme - 2014
  • Course timetabling and staff management of teaching.
  • Teaching and assessment on all course modules.
  • Delivering seminars and lectures on a variety of subjects appropriate to the broad subject area of concept development, processes of practice, research methods, and creative entrepreneurship.
  • Holding group and individual tutorial discussions.
  • Delivering practical print focused workshops.
  • General PG student pastoral care.


Undergraduate Teaching Skills:

Course leader responsibilities:

  • Implementing research and enterprise teaching and learning strategies across the course structure.
  • Embedding industry contacts for live project briefs, placement opportunities and employment.
  • Summative and Formative assessment on all levels of the course.
  • Course management and timetabling of all years.
  • Module organisation and planning teaching delivery with staff team.
  • Creating and writing project briefs.
  • Unilearn management/uploading of all teaching material for the course.
  • NSS completions.
  • Writing annual evaluation report and module reports.


Teaching responsibilities:

Final Year:

  • Head of final year surface design.
  • Leading final year design tutorials.
  • Teaching delivery of final year print workshop
  • Teaching delivery of theory for research report/dissertation.
  • Dissertation supervisor for final year BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Surface Design.


Second Year:

  • Second year design futures/smart materials theory module -
  • Teaching delivery second year print and studio workshops for technical modules.
  • Tutorial support for industry sponsored design projects


First Year: 2007-2012

  • First year visual studies surface and textile students
  • First year print and studio workshop for design modules
  • Studio support for industry design projects.


  • Admissions tutor Surface Design.