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Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Arts
I am currently working on a PhD thesis investigating the use of musical participation as part of the rehabilitation provision in prisons. My research aims to unite scholarly research - both… read more
I am currently working on a PhD thesis investigating the use of musical participation as part of the rehabilitation provision in prisons. My research aims to unite scholarly research - both musicological and criminological literature - with empirical research to understand more fully the ways in which music-making can be helpful for prisoners. I work in partnership with the Irene Taylor Trust 'Music in Prisons', whose work in one particular adult male prison has provided a case study for my project. I spend over a year conducting fieldwork, which included participation in and observation of the ITT sessions, feedback questionnaires, and one-to-one interviews with prisoners, musicians and staff members. My thesis puts the voice of prisoners themselves at the forefront of the discussion about the value of music projects in prison, and thus discusses the educational value prisoners find in their musical activities, and the way in which the projects affect their lives in prison. It also uses fieldwork data to highlight the many problems with the notion of effectiveness in understanding the value music, and the arts more generally, in social action contexts.
Funded by Midlands3Cities, an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, I have an inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional project. I am supervised by Prof. Robert Adlington at Huddersfield University (formerly University of Nottingham), Dr Kate Gooch at University of Leicester, and Dr. Lonán O'Briain at the University of Nottingham.