In 2010 I completed my PhD thesis entitled ‘Transforming Music Criticism? An examination of changes in music journalism in the English broadsheet press from 1981 to 1991’, at Oxford Brookes University (now available from the British Library at http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.543819). My research entailed face to face interviews with fourteen long-standing music journalists representing all music genres from the English quality press, the construction of a database cataloguing and analysing all music-related content from a sample of quality newspapers from the period 1981 to 1991 and the detailed discourse analysis of a sample of live music reviews. The research was completed under the expert guidance of Dr Dai Griffiths and examined by Professor Simon Frith and Dr Jan Butler.
My teaching subject specialisms include music journalism, music censorship, music and copyright, the music industry, online music business networking, popular music and genre, gender, race, identity, nationalism, subcultures and subcultural theory, feminism and postfeminism, modernism and postmodernism, aesthetics, taste and distinction, fandom, music technology, digitisation and creativity, authenticity, local and global music, music video, film music, media and markets, counterculture, critical listening, study skills.
I have gained a wealth of teaching experience through part-time lecturing posts at Oxford Brookes University, Southampton Solent University, the University of Bristol, Buckinghamshire New University, the University of Worcester and the University of Northampton. I have also supervised dissertation research at St Catherine’s College Oxford.
In 2019 I was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and I hold the Certificate in Associate Teaching in Higher Education. I also deliver guest lectures, conduct music-related research, write about music and act as a peer reviewer on behalf of various academic music related journals.
I am the author of the chapter titled ‘Defining Qualities: Making a Voice for Rock and Pop Music in the English Quality News Press’, in ‘Litpop: writing and popular music’ (Ashgate, 2014). Follow the link below for full details:
I am currently engaged on a funded collaborative research project at Oxford Brookes University (January 2017 to January 2019) which is intended to culminate in a peer reviewed article by 2020.
On a less formal note, in my spare time I enjoy singing with my local community choir, which performs a range of popular music from both past and present, at events across the Oxfordshire region, often raising money for charities and local good causes.