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Professor of Media Studies, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, previously occasional poster boy for my last university (see right). More-or-less up-to-date CV accessible here.

In September 2012 I took up a three-year appointment as an Arts & Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme.  This involves working with the AHRC, award-holders and community organisations and partners on the programme, as well as undertaking my own research around community cultures, disability arts, festival and music, which includes the organisation of relevant events in my university and with collaborative partners. The position was renewed for a further three-year period in September 2015.connected-communities-logo

In November 2014 I moved to the UEA, to a new chair in media studies, in the School of Art, Media & American Studies.

Below are key activities I have been involved in since 2010.

  • Jazz Utopia conference logo2016 lead organiser, Researching (Jazz) Festivals symposium, Cheltenham Jazz Festival
  • 2016 member, organising committee, 4th international Rhythm Changes conference, Birmingham City University, Jazz Utopia
  • 2016 lead organiser, Changing the Future Research Landscape? A Connected Communities Early Career Researchers conference, UEA
  • 2015-2018 co-investigator, Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music Festivals in Europe (CHIME) Heritage+ JPI project (total award €650,000)
  • 2015-2018 Connected Communities Leadership Fellowship renewal award (£480,000)
  • chime-logo jpeg2015-2018 BA International Media and Communications external examiner, Nottingham University
  • 2015 lead organiser, Soundings and Findings: A Connected Communities Research conference, UEA
  • 2015 published The Pop Festival: History, Media, Music, Culture (Bloomsbury)
  • 2015 organiser, Festival Cultures conference, UEA
  • 2014- Professor of Media Studies, UEA
  • 2014 Professor in Residence, EFG London Jazz Festival
  • 2014 co-organiser, Future Thinking: AHRC Audio-Visual Archives symposium, MediaCityUK
  • -2014 supervision: PhD students across media, music, cultural studies, practice, Salford
  • 2014 AHRC award, Carnivalising the Creative Economy film and knowledge exchange panel, Creative Economy Research Showcase, King’s Place, London (£7,274). Watch the film we made with jazz researchers and festival directors here
  • 2014 Curator of AHRC academic content for Cheltenham Jazz Festival
  • RC 2014 conference_logo2014 Member, organising committee, Rhythm Changes Jazz Beyond Borders conference, University of Amsterdam
  • Recent teaching responsibilities, University of Salford: one undergraduate module (Alternative Media, year 3/level 6)
  • 2013 Member, organising committee, Digital Economy ‘all hands’ meeting, MediaCityUK, plus workshop coordinator on AHRC Digital media communities
  • 2013 AHRC community media panel coordinator, Salford Media Festival
  • 2013 published Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability (University of Michigan Press)
  • 2013 Member, organising committee, Rethinking Jazz Cultures conference, MediaCityUK. The summative event of the three-year Rhythm Changes European research project
  • 2012-2015 AHRC Leadership Fellow, Connected Communities Programme (£359,000)
  • IASPM 20122012-2013 AHRC Connected Communities programme, co-investigator: Community Gardening, Creativity and Everyday Culture (total award £79,588)
  • 2012 Lead organiser, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM UK & Ireland) biennial conference, Salford: Imagining Communities Musically: Putting Popular Music in its Place
  • 2011-2013 Salford, REF2014 submission leader, unit of assessment D36
  • 2011 AHRC Connected Communities programme, award holder (£26,773) to produce a scoping study: Community Music: History and Current Practice, its Constructions of ‘Community’, Digital Turns and Future Soundings
  • AHRC community music report (McKay and Higham 2011)2011 Member, organising committee, Rhythm Changes Jazz and National Identities conference, University of Amsterdam
  • 2011 Professor in Residence, Kendal Calling pop festival
  • 2011 published Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden (Frances Lincoln)
  • 2011 Media Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) 2011 annual conference, lead organiser, Salford
  • 2010-2014 BA Media Studies external examiner, University of East London
  • 2010-2013 MA external examiner, Bradford Media School, University of Bradford
  • 2010-2013 Researcher, Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities EU HERA/FP7 award (€1m)
  • MeCCSA 2011 conference logo2010-2011 Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), elected executive committee member
  • 2010 one-year sabbatical, Spasticus: Popular Music and Disability, including AHRC Research Leave Award (£37,594) to write a monograph
  • 2007-2013 AHRC Peer Review College, and Knowledge Exchange College member, media, music
  • 2005-2013 Director, CCM Research Centre, MediaCityUK
  • 2002-2010 founding co-editor, Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (Routledge)
Alternative Media class, discussing subvertising, March 2011
Alternative Media class, University of Salford, discussing subvertising, March 2011

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