Raechel Laing, MS(Tenn) PhD(Otago) CText FTI
University of Otago
Raechel Laing holds a personal professorial position at the University of Otago, specialising in textiles and apparel systems. She is a Chartered Textile Technologist and Fellow of The Textile Institute.
Her research interests are:
1. Material sciences and technologies - the way structure, function, and behaviour of textiles/ products can be engineered by selecting and manipulating fibres, yarns, fabrics, finishes, and assemblies, and
2. Textiles, human health, safety, performance and well-being - the intimate contact humans have with textiles and fibres. What are the physical and physiological effects, and how can these be used to enhance human performance, health, and well-being?
With colleagues and research students she has published widely on human performance and safety and the role of textiles and clothing. Much of this research has been end-user focussed, so she has worked with sports groups, manufacturers, and distributors nationally and internationally. One of the continuing challenges is distinguishing marketing claims from evidence-based investigations. With examples, this issue will be discussed.
Materials and wearables