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Dr Neshane Harvey

Head of Department
Name: Neshane Harvey
Location: G034 Bunting Road Campus, FADA Building Bunting Road Campus
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Tel: +27​ (0)11 ​559 1072

Email: neshaneh@uj.ac.za

About Prof Neshane Harvey

Prof Neshane Harvey is the Head of Department: Fashion Design in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). In 2006 she completed her Master’s in Education at UJ with a study entitled “The role of assessor training in promoting reflective assessment practice”. As such, the master’s study focused on education and reflective assessment practices. In 2018, she completed a PhD entitled “A Human centered design approach to fashion design education”. In this ground-breaking PhD, she challenged the conventional scope of fashion design education with an alternative ethos, thinking and approach to fashion design education and praxis. As such, her research foci grounds itself in the scholarship of teaching and learning in fashion design education, design methodologies in fashion design processes and praxis.

She currently teaches design relating to social design as well as participatory/co-design across undergraduate levels. In addition, she teaches research methodology as well as design theory associated with human-centered and social design. At postgraduate levels, she supervisor’s in MA: Design and BA Honours: Design programmes.

She was also the beneficiary of several internal and external grants namely: 1) the prestigious National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka, 2) The DHET, and 3) UJ’s Accelerated Academic Mentorship Programme. As part of the NRF Thuthuka funding, in 2014, she was invited to present a paper at the Fashion Thinking: Theory, History, Practice conference held in Denmark, hosted by the Design School Kolding, University of Southern Denmark, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Design Museum Denmark.

She also served as part of the blind review committee for several Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conferences, the Cumulus Johannesburg conference, the NRF as well as the Journal of Consumer Science. In addition to research, Neshane is also recognized for her leadership in teaching and learning in fashion design education as evident in her role as programme review chairperson for fashion qualifications offered at South African Higher Education Institutions. She collaborates with a number of South African Higher Education Institutions as advisory board member and external moderator. In 2014, Neshane was nominated for the Emerging Leadership Programme for which she graduated with a Cum Laude. In 2016, she was awarded highly competent in the CHERTL Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision Course. She is also a beneficiary of UJ’s Accelerated Academic Mentorship Programme and is instrumental in developing research capacity in the scholarship of Teaching and Learning as evident in her research footprint:

Accredited publications:

Harvey, N. (2011). The synergy between fashion design education and fashion districts. Proceedings of the 6th International Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference held in Johannesburg. Conducted by DEFSA and Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Center (VIAD), Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture: University of Johannesburg.

Harvey, N. (2013). Sustaining the Johannesburg fashion design incubators: the role of fashion design education. Proceedings of the 7th Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference held in Vanderbijlpark. Conducted by DEFSA and Vaal University of Technology.

Harvey, N. (2013). Design process of novice fashion design students: an educator’s reflective analysis. Proceedings of the 7th Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference held in Vanderbijlpark. Conducted by DEFSA and Vaal University of Technology.

Harvey, N. (2015). Future fit socially responsible fashion designers: The role of fashion education. Proceedings of the 7th International Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference held in Midrand. Conducted by DEFSA, Vaal University of Technology and Midrand Graduate School.

Perumal, C. & Harvey, N. (2015). Corporate social responsibility: An exploration of initiatives in clothing brands. Proceedings of the 7th International Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference held in Midrand. Conducted by DEFSA, Vaal University of Technology and Midrand Graduate School.

Harvey, N. & Lucking, J. (2017). Decolonising Fashion Education with Athol Fugard’s Boesman and Lena. Proceedings of the 14th National Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference held in Freedom Park. Conducted by DEFSA, Tshwane University of Technology and Inscape Education Group.

Smal, D. & Harvey, N. (2017). Transforming Fashion Education to Design with Intent. Proceedings of the 14th National Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference held in Freedom Park. Conducted by DEFSA, Tshwane University of Technology and Inscape Education Group.

Smal, N. & Harvey, N. (2018). The Wheel: A teaching tool for fashion design students. Proceedings of the 6th Global Fashion Conference held in London. Conducted by London College of Fashion.

Harvey, N. Ankiewicz, P. & van As, F. (2019). Fashion design praxis and practice: The duality between ‘design for’ and ‘design with’. Journal of Consumer Science, vol 47:40-50.

Harvey, N., Ankiewicz, P. & van As, F. (2019). Design-Based Research: Bridging the gap between fashion design education and research on design. Proceedings of the 8th International Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference held in Cape Town. Conducted by DEFSA, IIE Vega School and Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Harvey, N., Ankiewicz, P. & van As, F. (2019). Fashion design education: effects of users as design core and inspirational source. Proceedings of the PATT 37 conference held in Malta.
Conducted by University of Malta.

Non-accredited unpublished outputs

Haupt, G. & Harvey N. (2013). A conceptual framework for systematic reflection on the interrelationships between the design process and fashion as a self-reflecting socio-technological system. Unpublished colloquium presented on 3 October 2013. Hosted by VIAD and the Department of Fashion Design: University of Johannesburg.

Harvey, N. (2014). Fashion design education: Fostering more socially responsible future designers. Unpublished conference paper presented on 22 – 24 September 2014 at the Cumulus Johannesburg. Hosted by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg and Greenside Design School.

Harvey, N. (2014). Developing a conceptual framework for a philosophy of fashion design. Unpublished conference paper presented on the 30 October – 1 November 2014 at the Fashion Thinking: Theory, History, Practice. Hosted by the University of Southern Denmark.