As a socio-cultural academic my research explores connections between art education and popular music, leading to a manifesto for creative higher education.

My worldwide best seller, Blank Canvas, explores the impact of art school education on the creative development of musicians. Published by Intellect in the UK and University of Chicago Press worldwide I decipher an innovative route for creativity through concentration on the process and experimentation within a non-hierarchical and community led environment.

Post-doctoral research .

Creative Spheres: The concept of ‘scenius’ through the lens of hip hop, jungle, grime, new jazz and indie music. I am exploring collective creativity, how groups came together to forge impactful work through inclusive practices.

Featuring interviews with

Alex Michon, Roy Ascott, Brian Eno, Gavin Bryars, Dexter Dalwood, Stephen Mallinder, Lester Square, Gina Birch, Ana Da Silva, Gaye Black, Clive Langer, Bill Drummond, Cally Callomon, Barry Adamson, Helen Reddington, Keith Levene, Inez Aponte, Michael Pennie, James Eller, Alice Fox, and Pauline Black