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Craig Robertson

Head of Research, Nordoff Robbins, London UK.
Director, Music for Healthy Lives Research and Practice Network, Leeds, UK.
Visiting Scholar, School of Music, University of Leeds, UK

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in the continuum between wellbeing and conflict and how music can affect personal and societal placement on this continuum. My work is interdisciplinary, linking music therapy, conflict transformation, music sociology and peacebuilding. I have conducted scholarly research on music therapy, music and diaspora; music, food and identity; music and cultural identity, emotion and belief structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the North African nations affected by the “Arab Spring” and, most recently, in Palestine and Israel.

Bio

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.

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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.

 

Publications

Robertson, C. (2018). “Music as a Metaphor for Conflict Transformation Processes”, Music and the Arts in Action, 6(3), pp. 31-46.

Robertson, C. et al. (2018). “Introduction to Keywords for Music in Peacebuilding”, Music and the Arts in Action, 6(2), pp. 1-3.

Robertson, Craig. 2017. “Musicological Ethnography in Peacebuilding.” Journal of Peace Education. Volume 13, Issue 3.

Robertson, Craig and Trinh, Genevieve. 2016. “Popular Music and the Politics of Novelty: Review.” Reinvention, Vol 9, Issue 2.

Robertson, Craig. and Urbain, Olivier. Eds. 2015. Music, Power and Liberty: Sound, Song and Melody as Instruments of Change. I.B.Tauris.

Robertson, Craig. 2015. “Musical Processes and Social Change: Reflexive Relationships with Identity, Memory, Emotion and Beliefs.” In Craig Robertson and Olivier Urbain’s (Eds) Music, Power and Liberty: Sound, Song and Melody as Instruments of Change. I.B.Tauris.

Robertson, Craig. 2015. “Understanding Music and Non-Violence Through Understanding Music and Violence.” Thammasat Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, Special Edition 1.

Robertson, Craig. 2015. “Whose Music, Whose Country? Music, Mobilisation and Social Change in North Africa.” African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 2015.

Robertson, Craig. 2015. ” Sounds of Dissent: Music as Protest.” In Karl Spracklen and Ian Lamond’s (Eds.) Protests as Events: Politics, Activism and Leisure. Rowman & Littlefield.

Barakat, S., Gandolfo, L., Elias, C. and Robertson, C. 2012. Voices of the People: Culture, Conflict and Change in North Africa. British Council. (All authors equally contributed to this paper and are listed alphabetically). http://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/documents/Voices-of-thepeople-v9_0.pdf

Robertson, Craig. 2010. “Music and Conflict Transformation in Bosnia: Constructing and Reconstructing the Normal.” Music and the Arts in Action, Vol 2, No 2.