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Job title:

Chair of Craft History and Theory


ECA Director of Faculty; SCF International Dean


2.21, Evolution House


Juliette MacDonald received her PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2003.  She is the International Dean (ECA) for the Joint Institute between Donghua University and University of Edinburgh, Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation. In 2020 she received the Hongqiao Friendship Award, in recognition of her role as an envoy for transnational education in Shanghai.

She is currently ECA's Director of Faculty. This role focuses on academic staff, their wellbeing and development and as the role-holder her aim is to foster a positive, collegiate and inclusive environment within ECA.

Research interests

  • Craft History and Theory
  • Heritage
  • decolonising craft
  • Stained Glass identity and culture
  • Material Culture


Juliette’s research focusses on the evolution of practices of craft and the ways in which craft connects creativity, place and identity. She also works collaboratively in the field of design and material culture.

Juliette co-organised Identity, Collaboration, Sustainability; an online International Festival of Craft, 2021, is co-editor of Styling Shanghai, Christopher Breward and Juliette MacDonald, (eds) Bloomsbury, 2019, and has contributed chapters, articles and reviews to various Journals and books including: Craft and Heritage, Intersections in Critical Studies and Practice, Susan Surette and Elaine Cheasley Paterson, 2022.

PhD Supervision Topics

  • Craft History and Theory
  • Design History and Theory
  • Material Culture
  • Identity

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