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Craig Robertson

Research Fellow, School of Media and Communications, University of Leeds.

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in how music and conflict transformation, music sociology and the arts and culture in general intersect with the field of peacebuilding. I have conducted scholarly research on music and diaspora; music, food and identity; music and cultural identity, emotion and belief structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the North African nations affected by the “Arab Spring.”


Born in 1973 in Canada, he has published internationally on music and conflict. He is on the editorial board for the online peer-reviewed journal Music and the Arts in Action and he is a member of the following research groups: Sociology of the Arts, Art and Conflict, International Peace Research Association and Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association. He has previously worked on a project for the Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), School of Politics, University of York, funded by the British Council, that investigated the role of the arts in the ‘Arab Spring’ events in 2011-2012.

Academic Degrees

PhD in Music Sociology at University of Exeter, UK.
MMus (Distinction) in Contemporary Music Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
PGCE in Secondary School Music at Middlesex University, UK.
BMus at Mount Allison University, Canada.

Awards, Honors and Accomplishments

In December 2013, he was shortlisted for the Exeter Impact Award for Outstanding Impact in Arts and Culture. He was the only sole candidate; the other entries were teams of researchers.


Music, Power and Liberty: Sound, Song and Melody as Instruments of Change (co-editor and co-author).
London: I.B. Tauris (slated for 2015).
“Musical Processes and Social Change: Reflexive Relationships with Identity, Memory,
Emotion and Beliefs.” IB Tauris (slated for 2015).
“Sounds of Dissent: Music as Protest.” Rowman & Littlefield (2014).
“Can Music Play a Positive Role in Conflict Transformation?” Poetics.
“Whose Music, Whose Country? Music, Mobilisation and Social Change in North Africa.”
African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (2015).
“Understanding Music and Non-Violence Through Understanding Music and Violence.”
Thammasat Review (Pending).
“Music, Religion and Reconciliation.” Oxford University Press (2015).
“Voices of the People: Culture, Conflict and Change in North Africa” (2013). Report published by the
British Council based on research conducted through the University of York.
“Trying to be Normal: Music and Conflict Transformation in Bosnia” in Music and the Arts in Action (2010).