Joan is a designer whose principal and co-investigator roles have included EU and UK applied research funded projects where R+D innovations include wellbeing for the body and the environment. In 2000 her PhD was one of the first in Sustainable fashion textile global supply chain analysis, using cradle-to-cradle modelling of wool fibre production. Farrer has been College member, advisor, co-author and co-investigator for AHRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK and INTERREG funded projects. She reviews and writes for various trade and academic publications and holds 5 international journal advisory board posts.
Farrer is a designer who has worked with global brands, Government and NGO’s for decades, this has informed her trans-disciplinary research, which stems from deep practical commercial knowledge of the industrial retail sector, in Fashion, Textiles, Fibre, Materials, Product Design R+D and brand development. Her Sustainable, ‘Smart’ materials innovative research includes Art and Design collaborations with Physical and Biomedical Science, Computing, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. She and collaborators are developing new interdisciplinary funded proposals and publishing opportunities for pedagogic team research to inform the curriculum.
PROJECTS & INITIATIVES
OUR SKILL SET
We work on numerous innovative applied research projects, collaborating with various partners from across the world.
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER EVENTS
We front various initiatives such as HotHouse and Innovolvement which help upskill academics, students and external attendees.
We invest time and capital into helping academics establish, expand or improve business opportunities within the University.
Enterprise and Innovation represent the vibrant research and innovation community in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. It aims to bring together projects, staff and students across a range of disciplines to create a culture of creativity and a community of learners that build practical solutions to real world issues.
Led by Professor Joan Farrer, Associate Dean of Enterprise and Innovation, E&I is concerned with the facilitation of innovative thinking and initiating research knowledge both in theoretical and applied fields. A key focus on scholarly exchange in a wide range of contexts is helping E&I to develop the concept of the entrepreneurial academic. Professor Farrer has promoted the key message of industry engagement, underpinning research and innovation is a continuum, which can exist in an academic environment.
Transdisciplinarity underpins these ideas, which facilitates a transparent method of communicating work to each other outside of individual discipline silos. Enterprise and Innovation collaborate using a D-STEM-B (Design, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Business) model which engenders innovative thinking and problem-solving. Professor Farrer has always been a passionate advocate of embedding live research projects into both Undergraduate and Postgraduate curricula. Enterprise and Innovation will bring together disciplines, projects and staff from across the Faculty and University to increases the exchange of knowledge.
With the help of lecturing staff, technical colleagues and the student body the possibility of larger interdisciplinary research clusters and impact within and external to the University of Portsmouth is possible. Professor Farrer recognises the importance of research and innovation for staff and student development. As a result, we aim to move towards a new type of learning community with design, commercial and entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of our academic work.