I am (Dr) Emma Webster and am currently pursuing an ‘alt-ac’ post-academe career after ten years researching live music and festivals. In the past I’ve also been Emma Pratt, Emma Headcharge and Emma Bighair, highlighting my diverse and varied career in music & the arts and in Higher Education.

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I have just finished working on the pioneering Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded (AHRC) UK Live Music Census, the first ever national music census in the world to map live music activity across a whole country. The project was based at the University of Edinburgh and we published our findings in February 2018.

Between November 2015 and 2016 I worked on a brilliant AHRC-funded project about the Impact of Festivals at the University of East Anglia which also meant that I got to write the history of the London Jazz Festival to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017.

To read more about my research, click here.  You can access my books, reports and papers here and my blog posts on music, festivals and other topics here.

Before returning to academia in 2008 I worked professionally for eight years in a variety of roles in music and the arts including opera, world music, acid techno, festivals and outdoor theatre.

For more about my life in music and the arts, click here.

I am now pursuing an ‘alt-ac’ career and am excited to see where it leads me. I want to move into working in trees and conservation and to help early career researchers achieve their potential, inside or outside the academy.

To read about my love of trees and conservation, click here.