Research Fellow 1, Ethnography, Exploring Cultural Diversity in Experimental Sound

Greenwich, United Kingdom
£27,511 to £32,817 plus £3706 London weighting
Jun 16, 2021
End of advertisement period
Sep 14, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School of Design

Location:  To be confirmed
Salary:  £27,511 to £32,817 plus £3706 London weighting
Part Time Hours:  0.5
Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Tuesday 29 June 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  2682-E

We are seeking a Research Fellow in Ethnography to join the AHRC funded research project “Exploring Cultural Diversity in Experimental Sound”.

This 18-month project seeks to challenge institutional Whiteness in Experimental Sound practice by investigating the creative identities of contemporary Black and South Asian composers working in the UK. 

Building understandings from their individual and collective experiences, through exposition of material practices – applying methods of participant observation alongside practice research, interviews and focus groups – this research will unpack how these unique experiences are situated in relation to the structural and cultural contexts of experimental sound in the UK. (Further details about the project can be found on the UKRI Gateway to Research -

Working with world leading Black and South Asian artists/musicians and nationally significant project partners (Musicians Union, PUNCH, Usurp Arts, Sound & Music) , you will be an integral partner within the research, collaborating with the PI (Dr. Amit D. Patel) to conduct ethnographic fieldwork via participant observation, interviews, focus groups and the accompanying data analysis (for which you will be assigned your own team of postgraduate research assistants).

The project team will be mentored by Prof. Georgina Born (University of Oxford) and Prof. Tracey Reynolds (University of Greenwich).

You will be encouraged to contribute to the delivery of a wide range of outputs including written publications (journal articles, edited volumes, white paper policy  documents), public events (talks, concerts, conferences); while fostering your own research ambitions and building experience of working as part of a team on externally funded UKRI projects.

Candidates will have knowledge and experience of contemporary ethnographic methodologies and the theories and practices of anthropology and the wider social sciences. Prior ethnographic experience need not specifically be in music, but the candidate should demonstrate a keen interest and experience in ethnographies of arts, music and culture.

As a project on diversity, we are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates who are under-represented in the academy and those with an interest in research addressing Black and South Asian communities.

This role falls within the Research Academic Career Pathway:

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Please contact - Dr. Amit D. Patel ( for informal enquiries. Should you have any technical queries about the application process please contact the HR Recruitment Team on: 

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