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Neelam Raina featured in British Council publication
January 2012

Neelam Raina interviewed by Guardian journalist Ann Morgan

for British Council - Education UK publication: Club UK, 2012

This is how the article describes Neelam's approach to reserach and education:

"Dehli-born Middlesex University lecturer Neelam Raina knows all about building her own opportunities through networks. Since finishing her master’s and PhD in Design and Development at De Montfort University in Leicester, she has carved a niche for herself designing textiles in collaboration with Kashmiri craftspeople. The project grew out of discussions during her time as a student. ‘I was looking at the role of hand-spun and knitted yarn in the production of accessories in the UK,’ she says. ‘I had quite a few discussions – some admittedly heated – with faculty members who challenged some of my thinking about craft and identity. This led to further reading and discussions with yet more people. Faculty members, doctoral research students and the community in Leicester connected me to a network of people working within the crafts sector. I also came across south Asia study groups in the UK, which further enriched my thought processes.’
Now working with the Kashmiri community – particularly women who have lost their husbands through the conflict in the region – to develop designs that can be sold to boost the local economy, Raina is committed to the potential of textiles to change the world for the better. It’s a concept she champions in her academic work too. ‘I am keen to merge the fields of design and development thinking,’ she says. ‘I am also keen to develop courses that allow students in the UK and India to view design from varying perspectives and hope that these perspectives merge to develop innovative thinking that could be mutually beneficial'."