Research areas

  • M Music - contemporary practices, sound art
  • HM Sociology - sociology of culture
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General) - community outreach, participation
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • NX Arts in general - participatory practice
  • L Education (General) - arts education, leadership & management
  • AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities

Area of research expertise - Outline

Reader in Music and Performance and Education Lead for Culture & Creativity in the School of Media, Culture & Society, UWS. Work spans participatory and community arts practices, creative pedagogies, cultural policy and urban and community development. Graham has also worked as a teacher, composer and facilitator in a wide range of contexts, including work with London International Festival of Theatre, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and East London Dance, as well as in policy advice and consultancy with CapeUK, Creative Scotland and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He keeps a blog at

Current research activities.

AHRC Connected Communities programme: Remaking Society (2012 - 2014) - writing up findings and preparing a co-authored book with Dr Kerrie Schaefer, University of Exeter, on on the cultural politics of community arts and media for 2017/2018

AHRC: Resources of Hope: giving voice to underprivileged communities in India: follow-on funding for impact and engagement (with Coventry University, Bath Spa University, & Shiv Nadar University, Delhi) 2016 - 2017

Royal Society of Edinburgh: Research networking grant (Co-I with Prof Katarzyna Kosmala and PhD candidate Roman Sebastyanski): Regeneration of Waterfront Heritage Zones and Community Participation: Govan-Gdansk exhange: conferences, workshops, presentations and an edited collection of articles.

Work on curatorial research and an edited book, The Experimental City, working with colleagues at CCA Glasgow, UWS, Bath Spa University and the network of researchers, artists and activists involved in developing Challenging Elites: rethinking disconnection and recovering urban space (AHRC 2014 - 2015)




Target Collaborative Companies (National, International, up to 3).

arts organisations & networks including CCA Glasgow, Film City Glasgow

central and local government in Scotland, the UK,  and European cultural policy networks

experimental artist-led organisations working in challenging/marginal contexts

Area of research expertise - Outline

arts education, creative pedagogies, cultural & educational policy, social inclusion, arts, health & wellbeing, practice-based methods, urban studies, reflective practice/autoethnography, artist/teacher professional development, music cultures, community & participatory arts, interdisciplinary practices, organisational culture & leadership, regeneration & community development, participatory action research.


  1. Creative Renfrewshire Network masterclass

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. Symposium - River Cities network

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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