Dr Craig Robertson

Head of Research

Craig has published internationally on music and conflict and how that connects to wellbeing. Craig holds a PhD in Music Sociology from University of Exeter, UK, an MMus (Distinction) in Contemporary Music Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, a PGCE in Secondary School Music from Middlesex University, UK and a BMus at Mount Allison University, Canada.

He is a director of the Music for Healthy Lives Research and Practice Network. He is on the editorial board for the 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.

Craig is particularly interested in how music therapy, music and conflict transformation, music sociology and the arts and culture in general intersect with concepts of wellbeing and social value. He has conducted scholarly research on cultural resilience through musicking; music therapy and education; 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.”