About our Research


The Institute of Popular Music (IPM) leads research on a wide range of topics, music genres, historical periods and geographical locations. While they do not capture all of our research, four broad and overlapping themes provide a focus for shared interests:

Support for our research has come from various funding bodies, including the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Australian Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the Humanities in the European Research Area Joint Research Programme. The impacts our research has achieved include the development of professional practice, particularly that of museum and heritage practitioners, musicians, artists and music entrepreneurs; and the enhancement of cultural life and identity for diverse audiences, and for community and youth groups.