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Dr. Peter Oakley – April 12th, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on March 23, 2016 by School of Art

Oakley.focus-none.width-1000Dr. Peter Oakley is Research Leader for the School of Material at the Royal College of Art. He supports staff research across the School’s programmes: fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery and metal, and textiles. Through this work Peter has acquired an extensive knowledge of the sustainability issues facing a wide cross-section of the luxury goods sector. Peter’s own research focuses on the UK fine jewellery industry and its supply chains. He has a particular interest in gold and the development and promotion of related ethical initiatives and campaigns. To support his research, in 2009 Dr. Oakley trained as a precious metal assayer, in order to compliment his existing practical knowledge of industrial and bench jewellery techniques. Over the past five years he has also conducted field visits to operating, preserved and proposed gold mines in Alaska, California, Sweden, and the UK.  In the past Dr. Oakley has worked on design projects and in restoration teams, lectured in the applied arts and developed university level programmes for staff employed in the heritage industry. He has a doctorate in anthropology and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institution.

He currently regularly writes on ethical issues affecting the jewellery industry for


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