Eileen Hogan: My thesis, Music-making and Well-being: Identity, place and cultural policy, was supervised by Professor Sara Cohen and Dr Hae-kyung Um. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research in a small Irish city (Cork), it considers how the local music-making community is sustained through values of solidarity, interdependence and mutual support, producing a system of reciprocity that can be productively defined as a ‘mixed economy of favours’. It also highlights the importance of collaborative partnerships within the local music scene, which constitute a ‘mixed economy of music-making’ It argues that future policies must move beyond neoliberal emphases on popular music-as-product, positing instead a revaluation of popular music-as-process and its significance to the well-being of present and future citizens. I lecture in Social Policy at University College Cork, where I am involved in a number of research and community-centred initiatives that focus on youth participation and youth cultures, music-making and the arts.
Gurdeep Khabra: My PhD research, supervised by Sara Cohen, explored questions concerning heritage, identity and British Asian popular music. It was part of the international, collaborative project Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity (POPID). I was recipient of the Gerry Farrell Travelling Scholarship after obtaining a distinction for my Master's degree in Ethnomusicology from Cardiff University, and graduating with First Class Honours in Popular Music Studies from Leeds College of Music.
Phil Kirby: My research focused on the evolution and decline of the recording studio in the UK. It explored the interplay between evolving technologies, concepts and practices associated with audio production, trends in popular culture, and the structure of the recording industry within specific geographic/social contexts. I've worked as a musician, gained a major record deal and toured extensively in the UK, Europe and America. I ran a recording studio and received a gold record for an album I worked on. I've been a lecturer in the FE sector since 2003.
Paul Thompson: My doctoral research, supervised by Sara Cohen, investigated creativity and collaboration inside the recording studio. My research interests include popular music and audio education, informal music learning practices, creativity and cultural production. I'm a professional recording engineer with over ten years of experience working in the music industry. I'm currently senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where I teach acoustics and studio production, associate member of the Institute of Acoustics, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.