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Associate Professor Cheryl Wilson

BHSc, MCApSc, PhD (Otago) CTextATI

Tel 64 3 479 7546
Gregory Building, Room 3:02
Email cheryl.wilson@otago.ac.nz
Office hours: by arrangement

Assoc. Professor Cheryl Wilson joined the staff in Clothing and Textile Sciences in 1987.

Assoc. Professor Wilson obtained her PhD in 1999 and her Masters of Consumer and Applied Sciences in 1985 both from the University of Otago while working full time on the academic staff in the department.  Her four year undergraduate degree majoring in Clothing included required papers in Microbiology, Physiology, Anatomy, and Biochemistry and provides a broad basis for the multidisciplinary studies she has undertaken during her career.  Her doctoral studies involved examination of cultural (clothing and textile use and care practices) and physical variables affecting the thermal resistance of infant bedding during use. The relationship between bedding, associated care practices, and risk of cot death was examined and a model for predicting insulation of infant bedding developed. Following completion of her doctoral study Associate Professor Wilson has extended the scope of her research to include examination of both health and performance properties of fabrics.  Teaching and consultancy activities are related to this theme of health and safety and textile performance during use and simulated use.

Related service activities include advice to industry through her role as consultant for the Clothing and Textile Centre (since 1989) where she engages in research and technical investigations such as evaluation of thermal resistance of clothing and textile materials; development of sizing systems for targeted occupational groups; and sensory evaluation of product characteristics and acceptability. Assoc. Professor Wilson is also the Secretary of the Textile Institute (NZ Section) and a referee for a number of research publications.

Advisor of studies

Clothing and Textile Sciences major and minor
Undergraduate and Postgraduate study in Clothing and Textile Sciences
Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Bachelor of Science study of Clothing and Textile Science
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Research expertise

Fabric structure and performance

  • Identification and examination of variables affecting performance of the materials and/or users e.g. pre-tibial injury in the over fifties
  • Clothing, textiles and health and safety

Interactions between the environment and clothing and textiles

  • Assessment of clothing and bedding and implications with respect to risk of sudden infant death syndrome
  • UV transmission erythema and vitamin D3
  • Evaluation of variables affecting injury e.g. pretibial injury, sport
  • Role of clothing and textile products in prevention of injury e.g. cricket

Development of new methods and instruments

  • for assessing performance of clothing and textiles during simulated use
bedding
Care practices affect insulation: bedding arangement when loosely tucked over an infant in the supine sleep position (Wilson and Chu, 2005)

Current research interests

Associate Professor Wilson's research interests can be categorised into three broad research themes:

Fibre, yarn and fabric interactions with the human body
Properties and variables affecting performance e.g. UV, thermal, water transmission; manufacturing; finishes
Effectiveness and use eg as a means of insulation, protection etc

Questions addressed in current and recently-completed research include:

  • Do current indicators of UV protection effectively encourage general use of fabrics and garments to enhance health?
  • Can Does fibre type affect skin health?
  • How do fibre yarn and fabric variables affect performance of sock fabrics interacting with the foot?
  • Do fibre, yarn and fabric variables affect retention of axillary odour in apparel textiles?
  • What is the epidemiology of pretibial injury in the NZ population aged 50 years and over, and can textile coverings be used to reduce severity of pretibial injury?
  • What effect does fill type in lofty bedding items such as duvets have on heat and water vapour transfer?
  • What effect does fabric structure have on selected thermal and moisture properties of knitted merino wool fabrics?
  • How does the arrangement of bedding layers, sleep position, and method of tucking affect insulation provided by infant bedding?
  • When is wet, wet? What method refinements are needed to ensure reliable and reproducible wetting and drying of fabric specimens to controlled moisture levels?
  • What are the performance attributes associated with silk and silk bend fabrics and how are these affected by cleaning practices?
  • Does the proportion of wool and alpaca blend affect selected properties of knit fabrics?
  • Is it possible to manage fabrics more effectively to better approximate conditions of use during laboratory assessment?

Collaborators in this research include Honours, Masters and Doctoral research students (Shani Gore, Dr Rachel McQueen) and researchers in our Department (Dr Linda Dunn, Elizabeth Holland, Prof Raechel Laing, Dr Rebecca Van Amber, Heather Walker), University (Prof D Chalmers, Brian Niven), and internationally such as in Australia (Dr Peter Gies, Dr Geoff Naylor, A/Prof Alfio Parisi), the UK (Dr Debra Carr), Korea (Dr Chu) and Japan (Prof Tomoko Koshiba, Prof T Temura, Dr Momoko).

Approaches used include measurement of heat transfer and water vapour through dry and wet fabrics, UV transmission, skin health (TEWL, hardness, stratum corneum hydration, pH), light microscopy and SEM.

These projects have been supported through University of Otago Research Grants and summer studentships; Industry support such as from Wool Industry Research Limited, Wool Industry Network and Meat and Wool New Zealand, Merino New Zealand; Central funds such as: TechNZ and Priming Partnerships funded by the Ministry of Science and Industry; the Health Research Council; Technology for Business Growth; Otago Motor Club Trust; The New Zealand Cot Death Association; New Zealand Fire Service and through confidential consultancy work funded by industry.

Teaching

  • Physical and performance properties of clothing and textiles
  • Clothing and textiles and human body interactions
  • Clothing and textiles and workplace injury
  • The fashion trade
  • Research methods

Postgraduate supervision

I have a number of potential projects available for for PhD thesis research. Students interested in these opportunities should first establish if they are likely to be a successful candidate for a University of Otago post-graduate scholarship. You must have a University of Otago equivalent grade point average of at least 8.0 to be eligible. These scholarships pay all tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of NZ$25,000 but can be increased for exceptional students. These scholarships are open to all international students. Further information can be obtained from the University of Otago Postgraduate Study website.


Theses completed with my supervision or co-supervision are listed below and complete list of theses supervised is available elsewhere on this site.

PhD

Ruznan, W. S. Textiles and health of the lower limb (2017)
Supervisors: R M Laing, C A Wilson, and B J Lowe

Van Amber, R. Sock materials and their interactions with the foot (2013)
Supervisors: R M Laing, C A Wilson, B Lowe, and S Collie

McQueen, R. H. Retention of axillary odour in apparel textiles (2006)
Supervisors: Professor R. M. Laing and Dr C. A. Wilson

Masters

Palmer, G. Efficacy of silver treated textile for prevention of microbial activity (2016; Credit)
Supervisors: R M Laing, C A Wilson, and P Bremer

Mulligan, J E. Textiles in occupational health and safety: uniforms of NZ police (2014; Distinction)
Supervisors C A Wilson and R M Laing

Bennett, I. Drug delivery to the pretibial region using textiles (2013; Distinction)
Supervisors: R M Laing, C A Wilson, and C Strachan (Pharmacy)

Wells, S. Transdermal drug delivery using fabrics (2013; Distinction)
Supervisors: R M Laing, C A Wilson, C Strachan (Pharmacy)

Van Amber, R., MCApSc, Outdoor apparel market — verification of product claims (2009)
Supervisor: C A Wilson

Bevin, N. K. MCApSc, Conductive heat transfer of selected apparel fabrics (2006)
Supervisors: R M Laing and C A Wilson

PG Dip

Bazley, A. PGDipCApSc (Credit), When is wet, wet? Method refinement for wetting and drying of fabric specimens to controlled moisture levels (2011)
Supervisor: C A Wilson

Current memberships

  • Secretary, The Textile Institute (NZ Section; 2011)
  • The Textile Institute (Chartered textile technologist, UK; 1998 ff)
  • Royal Society of New Zealand (2007 ff)

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Publications

Ruznan, W. S., Laing, R. M., Lowe, B. J., & Wilson, C. A. (2017). Impact attenuation provided by shin guards for field hockey. Sports Engineering, 1-15. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12283-017-0260-z

Naylor, G. R. S., Wilson, C. A., & Laing, R. M. (2017). Thermal and water vapor transport properties of selected lofty nonwoven products. Textile Research Journal, 87(12), 1413-1424. doi: 10.1177/0040517516654104

Gangadharan, P. K., Ali, A., Wilson, C. A., & Laing, R. M. (2017). A novel printed conductive fabric for elderly health care. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN8). (pp. 207). Retrieved from http://confer.co.nz/amn8/

Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., & Niven, B. E. (2016). Design and analysis in textile research. In L. Wang (Ed.), Performance testing of textiles: Methods, technology and applications. (pp. 3-22). Duxford, UK: Woodhead. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100570-5.00002-5

Smith, D., Spronken-Smith, R., Stringer, R., & Wilson, C. A. (2016). Gender, academic careers and the sabbatical: a New Zealand case study. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(3), 589-603. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2015.1107880

Chapter in Book - Research

Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., & Niven, B. E. (2016). Design and analysis in textile research. In L. Wang (Ed.), Performance testing of textiles: Methods, technology and applications. (pp. 3-22). Duxford, UK: Woodhead. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100570-5.00002-5

Carr, D. J., Wilson, C. A., & Laing, R. M. (2012). Anthropometric methods for the successful design of military clothing and equipment. In E. Sparks (Ed.), Advances in military textiles and personal equipment. (pp. 49-63). Oxford, UK: Woodhead in association with The Textile Institute.

Laing, R. M., & Wilson, C. A. (2010). New Zealand textiles and apparel sectors. In Berg encyclopedia of world dress and fashion: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands (Vol. 7). (pp. 298-304). Oxford, UK: Berg.

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Journal - Research Article

Ruznan, W. S., Laing, R. M., Lowe, B. J., & Wilson, C. A. (2017). Impact attenuation provided by shin guards for field hockey. Sports Engineering, 1-15. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12283-017-0260-z

Naylor, G. R. S., Wilson, C. A., & Laing, R. M. (2017). Thermal and water vapor transport properties of selected lofty nonwoven products. Textile Research Journal, 87(12), 1413-1424. doi: 10.1177/0040517516654104

Smith, D., Spronken-Smith, R., Stringer, R., & Wilson, C. A. (2016). Gender, academic careers and the sabbatical: a New Zealand case study. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(3), 589-603. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2015.1107880

Van Amber, R. R., Lowe, B. J., Niven, B. E., Laing, R. M., & Wilson, C. A. (2015). Sock fabrics: Relevance of fiber type, yarn, fabric structure and moisture on cyclic compression. Textile Research Journal, 85(1), 26-35. doi: 10.1177/0040517514534750

Van Amber, R. R., Lowe, B. J., Niven, B. E., Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., & Collie, S. (2015). The effect of fiber type, yarn structure and fabric structure on the frictional characteristics of sock fabrics. Textile Research Journal, 85(2), 115-127. doi: 10.1177/0040517514530029

Van Amber, R. R., Wilson, C. A., Laing, R. M., Lowe, B. J., & Niven, B. E. (2015). Thermal and moisture transfer properties of sock fabrics differing in fiber type, yarn, and fabric structure. Textile Research Journal, 85(12), 1269-1280. doi: 10.1177/0040517514561926

Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., Dunn, L. A., & Niven, B. E. (2015). Detection of fiber effects on skin health of the human foot. Textile Research Journal, 85(17), 1849-1863. doi: 10.1177/0040517515573413

MacRae, B. A., Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., & Niven, B. E. (2014). Layering garments during rest and exercise in the cold (8oC): Wearer responses and comparability with selected fabric properties. Ergonomics, 57(2), 271-281. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2013.869356

Airini, Collings, S., Conner, L., McPherson, K., Midson, B., & Wilson, C. (2011). Learning to be leaders in higher education: What helps or hinders women's advancement as leaders in universities. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 39(1), 44-62. doi: 10.1177/1741143210383896

Laing, R. M., MacRae, B. A., Wilson, C. A., & Niven, B. E. (2011). Layering of fabrics in laboratory tests to reflect combinations as outdoor apparel. Textile Research Journal, 81(17), 1828-1842. doi: 10.1177/0040517511413319

Walker, H. L., Carr, D. J., Chalmers, D. J., & Wilson, C. A. (2010). Injury to recreational and professional cricket players: Circumstances, type and potential for intervention. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 42(6), 2094-2098. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2010.06.022

Van Amber, R. R., Niven, B. E., & Wilson, C. A. (2010). Effects of laundering and water temperature on the properties of silk and silk-blend knitted fabrics. Textile Research Journal, 80(15), 1557-1568. doi: 10.1177/0040517510366019

Laing, R. M., Gore, S. E., Wilson, C. A., Carr, D. J., & Niven, B. E. (2010). Standard test methods adapted to better simulate fabrics in use. Textile Research Journal, 80(12), 1138-1150. doi: 10.1177/0040517509357647

Laing, R. M., Sims, S. T., Wilson, C. A., Niven, B. E., & Cruthers, N. M. (2008). Differences in wearer response to garments for outdoor activity. Ergonomics, 51(4), 492-510. doi: 10.1080/00140130701636520

Wilson, C. A., Bevin, N. K., Laing, R. M., & Niven, B. E. (2008). Solar protection: Effect of selected fabric and use characteristics on ultraviolet transmission. Textile Research Journal, 78(2), 95-104. doi: 10.1177/0040517508089660

Laing, R. M., Carr, D. J., Wilson, C. A., Tan, S. T., Niven, B. E., Davis, C., & Bialostocki, A. (2008). Pretibial injury: Key factors and their use in developing laboratory test methods. International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, 7(4), 220-234. doi: 10.1177/1534734608326817

Wilson, C. A., Gies, P. H., Niven, B. E., McLennan, A., & Bevin, N. K. (2008). The relationship between UV transmittance and color: Visual description and instrumental measurement. Textile Research Journal, 78(2), 128-137. doi: 10.1177/0040517507081302

Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., Gore, S. E., Carr, D. J., & Niven, B. E. (2007). Determining the drying time of apparel fabrics. Textile Research Journal, 77(8), 583-590. doi: 10.1177/0040517507078232

McQueen, R. H., Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., Niven, B. E., & Delahunty, C. M. (2007). Odor retention on apparel fabrics: Development of test methods for sensory detection. Textile Research Journal, 77(9), 645-652. doi: 10.1177/0040517507078792

Laing, R., Niven, B., Bevin, N., Matthews, M., & Wilson, C. (2006). High visibility, UVR protection and passive cooling integrated in workplace clothing. Journal of Occupational Health & Safety, Australia & New Zealand, 22(6), 567-578.

Wilson, C. A., & Parisi, A. V. (2006). Protection from solar erythemal ultraviolet radiation: Simulated wear and laboratory testing. Textile Research Journal, 76(3), 216-225.

Gore, S. E., Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., Carr, D. J., & Niven, B. E. (2006). Standardizing a pre-treatment cleaning procedure and effects of application on apparel fabrics. Textile Research Journal, 76(6), 455-464.

Wilson, C. A., & Chu, M. S. (2005). Thermal insulation and SIDS: An investigation of selected 'Eastern' and 'Western' infant bedding combinations. Early Human Development, 81, 695-709.

Parisi, A. V., & Wilson, C. A. (2005). Pre-vitamin D3 effective ultraviolet transmission through clothing during simulated wear. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, & Photomedicine, 21, 303-310.

Wilson, C. A., Laing, R. M., & Tamura, T. (2004). Intrinsic ″dry″ thermal resistance of dry infant bedding during use Part 2: Estimated vs measured. International Journal of Clothing Science & Technology, 16(3), 310-323.

Wilson, C. A., Laing, R. M., & Carr, D. J. (2002). Air and air spaces - the invisible addition to thermal resistance. Journal of Human-Environment Systems, 5(2), 69-77.

Wilson, C. A., & Laing, R. M. (2002). Estimating thermal resistance of dry infant bedding - Part 1: a theoretical mathematical model. International Journal of Clothing Science & Technology, 14(1), 25-40.

Laing, R. M., Tan, S., McDouall, J. L., Wright, C., Niven, B. E., & Wilson, C. A. (2002). Pretibial injury in patients aged 50 years and over. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115(1167), U279. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/115-1167/279

Wilson, C. A., Laing, R. M., & Niven, B. E. (2000). Multiple-layer bedding materials and the effect of air spaces on 'wet' thermal resistance of dry materials. Journal of the Human-Environment System, 4(1), 23-32.

Laing, R. M., Holland, E. J., Wilson, C. A., & Niven, B. E. (1999). Development of sizing systems for protective clothing for the adult male. Ergonomics, 42(10), 1249-1257.

Wilson, C. A., Niven, B. E., & Laing, R. M. (1999). Estimating thermal resistance of the bedding assembly from thickness of materials. International Journal of Clothing Science & Technology, 11(5), 262-276.

Holland, E. J., Wilson, C. A., Laing, R. M., & Niven, B. E. (1999). Microclimate ventilation of infant bedding. International Journal of Clothing Science & Technology, 11(4), 226-239.

Wilson, C. A., Laing, R. M., & Niven, B. E. (1999). Estimating thermal resistance of multiple-layer bedding materials - re-examining the problem. Journal of the Human-Environment System, 2(1), 69-85.

Wilson, C. A., Taylor, B. J., Laing, R. M., Williams, S. M., Mitchell, E. A., and the New Zealand Cot Death Study Group. (1994). Clothing and bedding and its relevance to sudden infant death syndrome: Further results from the New Zealand Cot Death study. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 30(6), 506-512. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1994.tb00722.x

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Journal - Research Other

MacRae, B. A., Laing, R. M., & Wilson, C. A. (2011). Importance of air spaces when comparing fabric thermal resistance [Letter to the editor]. Textile Research Journal, 81(19), 1963-1965. doi: 10.1177/0040517510395995

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Carr, D., Wilson, C., & Laing, R. (2004). Warm and dry. New Zealand Wilderness, (November), 71. Auckland: Lifestyle Publishing.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., Liu, A., & Dunn, L. A. (2016). The textile-skin interface. Proceedings of the 90th Textile Institute World Conference: Textiles: Inseparable from the Human Environment. (pp. 104-111). Textile Institute. [Full Paper]

Van Amber, R., Laing, R., Wilson, C., Lowe, B., & Niven, B. (2013). Sock fabrics: Measuring the coefficient of static and dynamic friction to prevent blisters. Proceedings of the Fiber Society Spring Technical Conference. Retrieved from http://www.thefibersociety.org/httpdocs/Assets/Past_Meetings/BooksOfAbstracts/2013_Spr_Abstracts.pdf

Wilson, C., Parisi, A., & Bennett, I. (2013). Estimation of vitamin D and erythema production when the skin is covered by fabric. In R. Fangueiro (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Natural Fibers: Future Materials for Advance Applications. [CD-ROM] University of Minho. [Full Paper]

Laing, R., Cruthers, N., Niven, B., Wilson, C., & Carr, D. (2013). Wool and alpaca knit fabrics: Does the proportion of each fibre affect selected properties of knit fabrics. In R. Fangueiro (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Natural Fibres: Sustainable materials for advanced applications. [CD-ROM] [Full Paper]

Wilson, C. A. (2010). Maximising protection: Sun protective fabric and clothing. UV radiation and its effects: An update 2010: Report of the NIWA UV Workshop (NIWA Information Series No. 77). (pp. 69-70). Wellington, New Zealand: National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research. [Full Paper]

Van Amber, R. R., Koshiba, T., & Wilson, C. A. (2009). Specialty protein fibres in the New Zealand outdoor apparel market. In C. A. Wilson & R. M. Laing (Eds.), Proceedings of the Combined (NZ and AUS) Conference of The Textile Institute: Natural Fibres in Australasia. [CD-ROM], (pp. 49-54). Dunedin, New Zealand: The Textile Institute (NZ). [Full Paper]

Laing, R. M., Gore, S. E., Wilson, C. A., Carr, D. J., & Niven, B. E. (2008). Layering of apparel fabrics to better approximate use. Proceedings of the 86th Textile Institute World Conference. [CD-ROM], (pp. 1804-1818). [Full Paper]

Wilson, C. A. (2006). Protection from solar UV radiation: How important is what you wear and how you wear it? Proceedings of the NIWA UV Workshop (Miscellaneous Series 68). (pp. 54-55). Wellington, New Zealand: Royal Society of New Zealand. [Full Paper]

Carr, D., Wilson, C., & Campbell, L. (2006). Measuring the dimensional stability of paper. Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials 4th Book and Paper SIG Symposium. (pp. 69-79). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCCM. [Full Paper]

Wilson, C. A., Niven, B. E., & Laing, R. M. (1998). Estimating thermal resistance of multiple-layer materials. Second International Conference on Human-Environment System. (pp. 160-163). Yokohama. [Full Paper]

Sun, Q. J., Laing, R. M., Niven, B. E., & Wilson, C. A. (1997). Performance of chemical protective gloves in the film and print processing industry. In J. O. Stull & A. D. Schwope (Eds.), Performance of Protective Clothing: Improvement Through Innovation (ASTM Special Technical Publication, 1273). 6, (pp. 143-157). West Conshohocken, USA: American Society for Testing and Materials. [Full Paper]

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