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:
Towards the end of 2019/early 2020 my first french language book chapter will be published in Théories et conceptions de la critique musicale au XXe siècle, comparées aux pratiques critiques des autres Arts (Rennes, Université Rennes).
Between January 2017 and 2019 I have been engaged on a funded collaborative research project at Oxford Brookes University examining music and copyright, which is intended to culminate in a peer reviewed article in Popular Music (Cambridge University Press) by 2021.
On a less formal note, in my spare time I enjoy singing with my local community choir, which performs original arrangements of popular music songs from both past and present, at a diverse range of events across the Oxfordshire region, often raising funds for many charities and good causes.