- Mary Hanlon
- Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- Work & Labour, Sociology of Fashion, Global Value Chains, Consumption, Fashion Theory, Consumer-based Activism, Education, Online Learning, Sustainability, Global Apparel Production, Creative Commons & Open Source, Food, Digital Narratives, Bangladesh
Fashioning Power: Stakeholder strategies in transnational fashion and apparel activist networks post-Rana Plaza
Broadly, I am interested in the digital campaign strategies and actions of responsible fashion movement stakeholders campaigning for labour rights in Bangladesh, post-Rana Plaza. More specifically, however, I want to understand (1) how events alter the interests and actions of industry stakeholders, (2) how network stakeholders impact one another through digital strategies, and (3) how markets and social movements overlap in online communities. Toward this end, the research is concerned with learning from the experiences and perceived understandings of diverse stakeholders working within what I am calling a responsible fashion and apparel movement (RFAM) network, with respect to online consumer-facing campaigns.
Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Lamrad, Nadira and Mary Hanlon. (2014) Untangling Fashion for Development. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture 18: 601-632. [open access]
Hanlon, Mary (2015). Labor in the Global Digital Economy: The Cybertariat Comes of Age by Ursula Huws (review). CanadianJournal of Sociology 40 (4), 567-570.
Hanlon, Mary (2015). Last Nightshift in Savar: The Story of the Spectrum Sweater Factory Collapse by Doug Miller (review). Labour / Le Travail 75(1), 329-331.
On fashion and education
Social Alterations: An Education Lab for Socially Responsible Fashion. Research partner: Nadira Lamrad, PhD candidate at City University of Hong Kong. (2009-Present). This is an open access, open educational resource project:
OMGluten: An online reference library for the social dramas that surround the gluten-free diet. (2015)
Conference & Workshop Presentations
Hanlon, Mary. 2015. 'Fashion and fashion-activism in the global textile and apparel industry', presented at the Future Connections 2015: Sustainability Research in Action conference, Edinburgh.
Hanlon, Mary. 2015. 'Fashioning power in cyberspace: Exploring online fashion-activism for labour rights in Bangladesh, post Rana-Plaza', paper submitted for peer-presentation at the Ninth European PhD workshop in South Asia Studies: Lund University [hosted by the Swedish South Asian Studies Network on behalf of the European Association of South Asian Studies (EASAS)].
Hanlon, Mary. 2015. 'Fashioning power in cyberspace', paper presented at the PhD course portion of the international workshop 'Contested Narratives' at the University of Copenhagen.
Hanlon, Mary. 2015. 'Fashioning power: stakeholder strategies in fashion activist networks post-Rana Plaza' paper presentation at The British Sociological Association 2015 Annual Conference: Glasgow Caledonian University.
Lamrad, Nadira and Mary Hanlon. 2014. 'Untangling fashion for development (paper presented by Nadira Lamrad)', paper presentation at Fashion in Fiction: Style Stories and Transglobal Narratives: City University of Hong Kong. In Panel 2.5: Sustainable Fashion and Ethical Fashion Brands in Practice. Paper presentation abstract, here.
Hanlon, Mary. 2014. 'Regulating rights', paper presentation at New Directions, Sociology Student and Staff Conference: The University of Edinburgh.
Dunne, Nikki and Mary Hanlon. 2015. 'Using Zines as a Creative Teaching Tool', presentation at the Communication Carnival: a promenade presentation of creative and committed experiments in social science communication, Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) Annual Workshop: Social Science as Communication, Edinburgh
Hanlon, Mary. 2014. Using Google Earth in the classroom. Teaching with Technology Workshop: The University of Edinburgh.
Darmon, Isabelle, Niamh Moore, Nikki Dunne and Mary Hanlon. 2015. 'When food irrupts on the research scene', panel presentation at New Directions, Sociology Student and Staff Conference: The University of Edinburgh. Moderator: Kurt Olson.
2015 Research Assistant: Archival research for the project ‘The Colonial Fashioning of the Post-Colonial City – India and Edinburgh’ with Professor Roger Jeffery
2013/2014 Interviewer: Heat and the City, the University of Edinburgh
2013/2014 Research Assistant: Archival research for Professor Edward Simpson, SOAS South Asia Institute, University of London
Guest lecturing, the University of Edinburgh
2016: Bengali Nationalism in the Birth of Bangladesh: South Asian Studies
2015: Imagining South Asian Poverty in Media: Transnational activism, corporate social responsibility & ‘fashion for development,’ South Asian Studies
2015: 'Transnational fashion-based activism and corporate social responsibility,' Sustainable Development
2015: ‘How to give presentations,’ Sociology Fundamentals
Tutoring, the University of Edinburgh
2016 facilitator: Msc Dissertation workshops (PG workshop).
2015/16 course tutor: The Social Life of Food
2015/16 course tutor: Evidence, Politics and Policy
2015/16 field course tutor: Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (This was one week field course in Istanbul, Turkey)
2015 facilitator: Msc Dissertation workshops (PG workshop).
2014/15 course tutor: Social Policy Enquiry
2014/15 course tutor: Fundamentals 2, Sociology (course specific tutor blog)
2014/15 course tutor Sociology 2A: Thinking Sociologically
Other guest lecturing
I have guest lectured on ethics and labour in the fashion industry at various institutions: Capilano University – Vancouver, Canada (2010-2013); Emily Carr University of Art and Design – Vancouver, Canada (2012); Simon Fraser University – Vancouver, Canada (2012); Parsons School of Design – Online Courses, using Blackboard (2011-2012)
Events, at the University of Edinburgh
2015 Workshop: Innovative Learning Week. 'Solve the world's problems in a day?' Invisible Labour session with Nikki Dunne.
2014 Film Screening: 'Tears in the Fabric,' a documentary film by The Rainbow Collective and Openvizor. Suppoted by the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Awards & Funding
2016 PhD Conference Fund, The University of Edinburgh
2015 PhD Conference and Fieldwork Fund, The University of Edinburgh
2014-2015 EUSA Teaching Award Nominee for Best Tutor, The University of Edinburgh
2011 Google Earth Outreach Grant, Google Canada
2010 Advancements in Disciplinary Knowledge Grant, Athabasca University
2009 Fashioning the Future Award, Centre for Sustainable Fashion at the University of the Arts London
MA Integrated Studies, Cultural Studies (Canada)
BA International Development Studies (Canada)
Diploma Textile Art (Canada)