I have had diverse and varied career in music & the arts, academic research and in Higher Education.
Arts and health
I have a particular interest in how arts and nature can enhance our wellbeing and am currently involved in the wellbeing and social prescribing initiative at Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM).
I work for the Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums as a Research and Impact Support Officer. Our team supports the highly diverse research and public engagement with research taking place across GLAM. I previously worked in research support for the Faculty of Health and Life Science at Oxford Brookes University.
I received my PhD from the University of Glasgow in November 2011. The title of my thesis was ‘Promoting Live Music: A Behind-The-Scenes Ethnography’ and the research involved comparative ethnographic work into live music scenes in Glasgow, Bristol, and Sheffield, including participant observation and extensive interviews with live music workers and audiences.
I am a co-founder of the Live Music Exchange research hub and was the postdoctoral research associate on two major Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded (AHRC) projects at the University of Edinburgh (UK Live Music Census) and East Anglia (Impact of Festivals).
In 2017-18 I worked 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.
Music and the arts
Before returning to academia, I spent eight years working in music and the arts in a variety of guises and music genres including opera (Opera North), festivals (Big Chill), the record industry (AWAL), world music (JuJu Club), techno (Headcharge), and outdoor theatre (Caravan Farm Theatre).
With previous experience in marketing, historical and statistical data analysis, and company management, and working at a variety of levels from small-business to large arts organisations and local councils, I have a broad skill-set and a comprehensive understanding of the varied needs and interests of stakeholders across the music and arts.
I was also one of the team that set up the academic comedy night Bright Club in Oxford and run occasional house gigs under the guise of The Music Inn. You can even watch me perform at Bright Club back in 2014 where I talk about the weird and wonderful world of the encore ritual: