Hannah Hansell is lecturer and design researcher, interested in the socio-cultural impacts of consumer-focused biotechnology in the fashion and textile industry. Her research explores how to engage a range of ‘publics’ and introduce socio-cultural perspectives into an emerging ‘bioeconomy’ currently determined by a small number of industry professionals. Research Interests include biomaterials, biofacturing, living systems, sustainability, future fabrication, future scoping, collaboration and design futures.
Currently the Pathway Subject Leader at University for the Creative Arts on the International Pathway Courses, Hannah lectures on both the Graduate Diploma in Art, Design and Media and International Foundation in Art, Design and Media. Hannah has worked with international students for over 7 years now, teaching and developing projects both in the UK, China, Japan and South Korea. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and University of Brighton and also has a range of education experience, developing projects for and teaching at primary, secondary, further education, degree and pre-masters’ level. Other education settings include working with young offenders, in pupil referral units and at specialist schools through the arts council, small design studios, arts award and craftspeople.
Hannah graduated with a BA (Hons) Contemporary Textile Practices from Norwich School of Art and Design (now NUA) in 2005, an MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths (2007) and MA Sustainable Design at Brighton University (2017). After graduating from Goldsmiths, she went on to exhibit nationally and internationally through group and solo shows. She also worked with a range of small to medium size businesses, design companies, artists, crafts organisations and arts consultants.