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Clothing and Textiles Centre

Scope of the work

Research and consultancy is carried out, for example, in the following areas:

  • compliance of existing and new protective clothing and equipment with requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and/or New Zealand and international standards;
  • analysis of effects of protective clothing use in injury prevention strategies; apparel sizing and design; effect of environmental, and clothing and material variables on human performance;
  • structural/mechanical properties and sensory evaluation of clothing and materials for development and/or performance; thermal resistance testing;
  • assistance with product development; literature reviews using international data bases.

Clothing and Textiles Centre staff


Professor Raechel Laing, MS (Tenn), DipEd, PhD (Otago), CTextFTI
Tel. 64 3 479 7540
Fax. 64 3 479 7538
E-mail: or


  • Dr Linda Dunn, BCom PhD (Otago) PGCertTertTchg
  • Dr Bronwyn Lowe, BEng(Hons) (Monash), BAppSc PhD (Charles Sturt)
  • Dr Catherine Smith, BA(Hons) (Melbourne), BAppSci (Conservation of Cultural Materials) (Canberra) PhD (Otago)
  • Assoc. Professsor Cheryl Wilson, MCApSc, PhD (Otago), CTextAT