Chris Carr was awarded a Personal Chair in Textile Science and Technology at UMIST in 2004, and following the formation of the University of Manchester became Deputy Head of School of Materials, responsible for Textiles & Paper until 2009. In 2013 he joined the School of Design, University of Leeds, as Professor of Textile Technology and subsequently became Head of School.
His main interests are in the modification of fibrous materials in order to improve performance and the complementary associated analysis of the material, in particular the surface chemistry. Research has focused on easy care finishing of cotton and wool, fibre degradation and protective mechanisms (historical tapestry materials), hair performance and surface chemistry, general wet chemical and biotechnological modification of textiles, filtration, recycling, technical textiles, paper technology, novel colouration effects and healthcare textiles/materials. He has published widely with over 100 research publications and is a member of several Editorial Boards for international research journals. Commercial technologies that he has developed have involved 3D-Printing on textiles and novel shirt technology. He was also involved in the early work examining the opportunities for reshoring textile manufacturing back to the UK.
He is a Liveryman in the Dyers Company in London and was awarded the Weavers Company Silver Medal for outstanding contribution to Textile Education and Research in 2008. In 2015 he was awarded the Society of Dyers and Colourists Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to Textile & Colour Education.