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Dr Anne Louise Bang is a Senior Associate Professor in Design & Sustainability at the Centre for Creative Industries & Professions at VIA University College in Denmark. Additionally, she is a Professor II at University of South-Eastern Norway and affiliated to the group Research on Embodied Making and Learning. Bang has a background as a textile designer and weaver. Her research interests are textile design, materials, technology and sustainability.  She has 20+ years of experience in lecturing and extensive research in textile and fashion design. Her research focuses on experiments and development of practice with a special attention to issues of sustainability. She holds a PhD in Design and earned the degree with the project: Emotional Value of Applied Textiles in 2011. A core interest is developing of tools suited for dialogue between diverse groups of people around sensuous and experiential aspects of textiles. This work has continued in several projects, expanding the research expertise to include design and sustainability, e.g., projects on social sustainability, supplier-driven innovation and circular subscription services


12.05.2011  PhD, Industrial Programme. Gabriel A/S & Design School Kolding, DK

01.06.1994  Textile Designer, School of Arts and Crafts, now Design School Kolding, DK (5 years, HE)

Research Employments

1.9.2022-present, Professor II, University of South-Eastern Norway

1.6.2020-present, Senior Associate Professor (Docent), VIA University College, DK

1.11.2019-31.5.2020, Senior Researcher, VIA University College, DK

1.5.2017-31.10.2020, Director of Research & Development, Design School Kolding, DK

1.4.2016-1.5.2017, Acting-Head of research, Design School Kolding, DK

1.12.2014-31.10.2020, Associate Professor, Design School Kolding, DK                 

1.9.2011-1.12.2014, Assistant Professor, Design School Kolding, DK 

1.1.2011-1.9.2011, Research Assistant & Lecturer, Design School Kolding, DK 

1.1.2010-1.8.10, Research Assistant & Lecturer, Design School Kolding, DK

1.1.07-31.12.09, PhD student, Industrial Programme. Gabriel A/S & Design School Kolding, DK 

1.4.06-30.10.06, Research Assistant, Centre for Design Research, DK 

1.10.05-31.12.05, Research Assistant, Centre for Design Research, DK

1.4.-05-31.8.05, Research Assistant, Centre for Design Research, DK 

Research projects 

2021-2024, Beyond E-texiles, Nordforsk

2018-2021, Fabric – The Fabric of my Life, EU Creative Europe Programme

2017-2019, Thread: Textile Hub for Refugees' Empowerment in Denmark, Innovation Fund DK (Local PI)

2014-2016, Vigga – A circular subscription service, The Danish Business Authority 

2013-2014, Design for Change – Engaging with Users, Design School Kolding, DK

2012-2013, Basics in Constructive Design Research, Ministry of Culture, DK

2013-2016, Design2Network – Supplier-driven Innovation, The Industrial Fund, DK Fond

2010-2014, Creative Designing in Multicultural Organizations, Strategic Research Council, DK

2007-2009, Emotional Value of Applied Textiles, Industrial Phd, Innovation Fund DK

2005-2006, Potentials of Research in Textile Design, The Centre of Design Research, DK

Positions of Trust and Research leadership

2020 -present, Associate Editor, FormKraft

2021-present, Editorial Advisory Board, FormAkademisk (Peer reviewed)

2020-2021, Associate Editor, FormAkademisk (Peer reviewed)

2013-present, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, Bloomsbury (Peer reviewed)

2016-2019, Associate Editor, The Journal Artifact (peer reviewed)

2014-present, Steering group, Arcintex, International Network for Architecture, Interaction and Textile Design

2020, 2021, Co-Chair, E&PDE, Engineering & Product Design Education Conference 

2017, Research Chair, ReDo, Cumulus Conference

2015, Conference Chair, DRS Eksig Conference, Tangible Means

2013, Workshop chair, Nordes Conference

Reviews 2012-2020, E&PDE, Cumulus, International Journal of Design, Nordes, Eksig, Art of Research, Intersections, JTDRP, Design Research Conference, European Academy of Design, Participatory Design Conference, Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, and more

2019, Keynote speaker, Conference on Design for Experience and Wellbeing 2019 (DEW), Xi’an, Kina

2014-2022, Co-Chair, Board of the Appointed External Examiners for the Cultural and Artistic Programs under the Ministry of Higher Education & Science, DK 

External evaluation 

2021, Education Evaluation, Tekstilformidler, Københavns Professionshøjskole

2020, Education Evaluation, Architecture, Aarhus Architecture School, DK

2020, Education Evaluation, Fashion and textile Design, Borås University, Sweden

2019, Associate Professorship, Faith Kane, Massey University, New Zealand

2019, Tenure track position, Professor in Design and Materialities, Aalto University 

2017, Professorship, Sarah Kettley, Edinburg University

2017,  Senior Lecturer Position, Linnaeus University

2015,  Associate/Assistant Professorship, KADK

PhD // Supervision

Hanne Hede Jørgensen, Codesign for udvikling af pædagogisk legepraksis i skolen (in Danish), Design School Kolding

Riikka Townsend, Sensorial Dimensions of Smart Textiles, Aalto University, Finland, exp. 2021

Trine Højbak Møller, Wearing Health Products, Design School Kolding, Completed 2019 

Louise Ravnløkke, Design of Knitted Blouses for Longevity, Design School Kolding, Completed 2019

Sidse Ansbjerg Bordal, Constraints in Design Processes, Design School Kolding, Completed 2018


2010-2017, Supervisor for +50 MA students and 36 BA students Fashion and Textile Design

2020, Supervisor for 6 BA students in Fashion Design

PhD // Committee Work

Georgina Nadal Fernandez, Weaving with code, Manchester Metroolitan University, 2021

Tonje Kristensen Johnstone, Over, Around, Between, Up…, Borås University, Sweden, 2020

Malene Harsaae, Age-ency in the Construction of Style Narratives, Aarhus University, 2020

Bilge Merve Aktas, Entangled Fibres, Aalto University, Finland, 2020

Marium Durrami, Through the Threaded Needle, Aalto University, Finland, 2019

Kristina Maria Madsen, Explorative Museum Experiences, Aalborg University, 2019

Anne Corlin, Place Making | Makers, Design School Kolding, 2019 

Svenja Keune, On Textile Farming, Borås University, Sweden, 2018 

Camilla Groth, Making Sense Through Hands, Aalto University, Finland, 2017

Linnéa Nilsson, Textile Influence, Borås University, Sweden, 2015 

Other Employments

2004-2006, Workshop Manager and Lecturer, Design School Kolding, DK

2004-2005, Designer, Gabriel A/S, DK

1999-2004, Workshop Manager, Textiles, Culture Centre Huset, Aarhus, DK

1999-2003, Programme leader and lecturer, FOF Adult learning School, Aarhus, DK

Design Work

2003-2015, Textile Illusions, Artistic collaboration with Anne Mette Larsen og Helle Trolle. 

1995-present, Bangs Bureau, Owner, Freelance design, textile art, teaching, exhibitions.

Education/Academic qualification

Design, PhD, Emotional Value of Applied Textiles, Design School Kolding, Kolding, Denmark.

Award Date: 12 May 2011


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