I am a Professor of Music with a DPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and have specialised in ethnographic research on popular music, defined in its broadest sense. My research interests have centred on place, heritage and cultural memory, and I am currently developing research on music and ageing. My research has involved collaboration with museums, galleries, architects, heritage managers, community activists, music businesses and other external organisations.
At the University of Liverpool I am Director of Research in Music and of the Institute of Popular Music. I am also a Visiting Professor at the University of Turku. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules on policy, politics, place and everyday life. My doctoral students are currently working on a range of topics, including heritage and place, creativity and sound recording, voice and ageing, cultural policy and the music industries.