I am an experienced supervisor of PhDs, having with worked with over 40 PhD students as supervisor, external examiner, internal examiner/independent chair. My supervisory interests broadly cover media and cultural studies, popular music, cultural politics, and include practice-based research. You can get a sense of my specific interests by looking at my publications and projects elsewhere on this website. Do get in touch with serious ideas—I always respond to doctoral enquiries.
I have very few students at the moment—having fairly recently (December 2014) moved from one institution to another. So I am looking to build up a cohort of PhD students at University of East Anglia. Get in touch!
Current PhD students
Completions, and a glimpse of their careers
- Annabelle Waller (Salford 2015). Meta-TV in Practice (PhD by Published Work: portfolio of reality television programmes as director / producer. Staff candidate). Dr Waller is Senior Lecture in Digital Media Production at University of Salford.
- Nick Katuszonek (Salford, 2014). Jazz, Pop, Improvisation, and the Role of the Contemporary Musician. Dr Katuszonek is an improvising drummer who has performed across the UK and Europe for the past 15 years. He is a Senior Lecturer in Drumkit at Leeds College of Music, and has been Visiting Lecturer at Stavanger Conservatoire.
- Lloyd Peters (Salford 2014). Media Practice and New Approaches to Mise-en-Scène and Auteur Theory in Broadcast Radio (PhD by Published Work: portfolio of BBC Radio 4 plays as author + critical thesis. Staff candidate). Dr Peters is Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance at Salford.
- Deborah Gabriel (Salford, 2014). Blogging While Black and British: An Exploratory Study on the Use of Blogs as Social, Cultural and Counterhegemonic Practice. Dr Gabriel is a lecturer, researcher and journalist. She is founder of Black British Academics, as well as an Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. She took up a new post as a lecturer in marketing communications in the Media School at Bournemouth University in September 2014.
- Tom Sykes (Salford, 2014). Jazz for the iPod Generation: Music Distribution, Festivals, and Digital Technology. Dr Sykes is Lecturer in Music at Liverpool Community College. He is also a violinist and piano player.
- Everette Ndlovu (Salford, 2014). The Role of Diasporean Media in Facilitating Citizen Journalism and Political Awareness in Zimbabwe. Dr Ndlovu currently teaches media theory and production in several Manchester Further and Higher Education institutions.
- Mary Oliver (Salford, 2013). The Digital Performer: Performance, Technology, and New Performance Paradigms (PhD by Published Work: portfolio of live performances as performer + critical thesis. Staff candidate). Dr Oliver was Reader in Performance at Salford, and took up a new Chair as Head of Media at Manchester Metropolitan University shortly after her PhD viva.
- Ira Yusof (Salford, 2013). The English Premier League in Malaysia: The Symbiotic Relationship Between the Media Industry and Football Fandom. Dr Yusof is a lecturer in media at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.
- Jack Harbord (Salford, 2012). The Minstrelising Discourse of 21st Century Rap Music (MPhil target award). Jack has a teaching post in creative musicianship at Leeds College of Music, and recently completed a PhD at Salford developing his MPhil work, which I co-supervised the early stages of.
- Shara Rambarran (Salford, 2011). Innovations in Contemporary Popular Music and Digital Media, and Reconstructions of the Music Industry in the 21st Century. Dr Rambarran is currently Visiting Fellow, teaching popular music, culture and theory, at Queen’s University Canada’s UK campus, the Bader International Study Centre, Sussex. She is editor of Journal of the Art of Record Production, and co-editor of the collection Handbook of Music and Virtuality (Oxford University Press, 2015).
- Nicola Smith (Salford, 2010). Performing Fandom on the British Northern Soul Scene: Competition, Identity and the Post-subcultural Self. Dr Smith is currently a Lecturer in Sociology and Popular Culture at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
- Nicola Spelman (Salford, 2009). All the Madmen: Anti-Psychiatry, Popular Music and the Myths of Madness. Dr Spelman is a Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Salford. A book drawing on her doctoral thesis, Popular Music and the Myths of Madness, has recently been published by Ashgate.
- Beate Peter (Salford, 2009). Jung on the Dancefloor: The Phenomenology of Clubbing. Dr Peter is now a Lecturer in the Institute for Performance Research at Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Diane Fare (UCLan, 2002). Dr Fare went on to be a Temporary Lecturer in English and American Studies at UCLan.
I have acted as external examiner for 15 or so PhD candidates. These have been from the following universities: King’s College London, Durham, Plymouth, Nottingham, Bristol, Leeds, Monash, Sussex, Napier, Cardiff, University of West of England. And in these disciplines: Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Film, Music, American Studies, Sociology, Literature.