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News Paper of Distinction Award 2/7/2018

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Congratulations Dr. Sheng Lu, Assistant Professor, Fashion and Apparel Studies
Dr. Sheng Lu, Assistant Professor

​Dr. Sheng Lu, Assistant Professor Fashion and Apparel Studies

Dr. Sheng Lu, Assistant Professor of the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware received the “Paper of Distinction” award in the 2017 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual conference which took place in St. Petersburg, Florida (November 15-18, 2017). ITAA is one of the largest platforms for scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. Each year the “Paper of Distinction” award is announced for outstanding and highest quality manuscripts in several categories, and in the last year Dr. Sheng Lu received the award for his outstanding research work in the “International track.” Previously he also received the ITAA Faculty Development Award in 2013, ITAA Rising Star Award in 2014, and ITAA Paper of Distinction Awards both in 2014 and 2015.

“Since many developing countries for decades have been struggling in the low-end of the global textile and apparel (T&A) value chain, I am particularly interested in exploring how to promote the upgrading of T&A industry in these countries through the design of appropriate trade and industrial policies. I would also like to explore how we can use trade policy tools, such as the labor provisions in trade agreements, to improve social responsibility and sustainability practices in the T&A sector. The use of big data at the firm-level to investigate the impact of trade policy on fashion brands and apparel retailers’ sourcing and supply chain strategies is another promising area I would like to pursue” said Dr. Lu.

Dr. Lu mainly focuses on the economic and business aspects of the global textile and apparel (T&A) industry, including international trade, trade policy and the governance of global apparel value chain. His researches go deep into the dynamics of the T&A trade patterns and supply chains, T&A-specific sectoral impacts of free trade agreements, as well as T&A companies’ restructuring strategies and shifting sourcing behaviors. Several of his studies have been cited by government reports such as the Congressional Research Service (CRS) studies prepared for members of U.S. Congress, U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) official assessment on the economic impacts of free trade agreements as well as the World Bank and the United Nations research publications. Dr. Lu’s published works also have been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and Thai and regularly featured by leading T&A trade journals, including Just-Style, Women’s Wear Daily, Sourcing Journal Online, California Apparel News and Textile World. For more of Dr. Lu’s recent research projects, please visit his personal site

Article by Ahmed Sabab  

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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
  • United States Fashion Industry Association