Ian King is currently visiting professor at Istituto Marangoni and also at Parsons (New York) part of New School. Previously he held the position of full research Professor at the University of the Arts, London and the London College of Fashion where he was Chair of the Research Degree Committee.
His background originates in theatre and the music business, His PhD was in Strategic Decision-Making in the Popular Theatre. King has published widely both in journals and books in the fields of art, philosophy, organization studies and fashion. He is an experienced PhD supervisor and has been involved in over 60 research students to successful completion. His present research looks at the relationship of the body to aesthetics and some of his thoughts can be found in his book entitled, “The Aesthetics of Dress” (published by Springer in 2017).
Ian King is also responsible for the International Responsible Fashion series that emerged from the highly successful Fashion Colloquia series that explored the relationship between academia, media and industry. He has held fashion events in London, Milan, Paris, New York, São Paulo, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Ho Chi Minh, Shanghai, Rome, and India. He is also series editor for books in this area for Routledge.
Finally, he recently completed the first stage of an international research study for ICOM (International Council for Museums) in developing an international code for Cultural Governance that is being developed from his experience co-leading the first international empirical research project entitled: “Cultural Governance in a Global Context: An International Perspective on Art Organizations” (published by Palgrave in 2019).