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Area of academic expertise - outline

My expertise is based on my practice as a widely pubished songwriter, performer, broadcaster and commentator as well as through my work in originating academic programmes of study, developing knowledge exchange projects as well as through practice-based research. My creative practice output includes many published albums, songs and high-profile performances, my broadcasting has concentrated on Scottish music culture with six full series of radio documentaries on Scottish albums broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC 6 Music; some of this work has been adapted and developed for academic presentations within conferences and in postgraduate teaching. I have also adapted creative practice in this way by using my community music practice as the basis for some recent practice-based-research around mining and traditional song narrative (Pits, Ponies, People & Stories). In summary my research expertise resides primarily in the following areas:

  • Songwriting
  • Popular Music History
  • Scottish Music Culture
  • Community and Participatory Arts

Current research activities

My recent activities have centred around practice-based research undertaken as part of South Lanarkshire Council's Pits, Ponies, People & Stories heritage-based project. My sound piece Where Is God, which considers contemporary narratives around the Syrian refugee crisis through the lens of the famous traditional song The Blantyre Explosion, was presented at CCA Glasgow and Tokyo Metropolitan University as part of the Azimuth project in 2016. 

I developed one of my BBC Classic Scottish Albums programmes - Glasvegas - for a paper at the 2015 Singing Storytellers Symposium at Cape Breton University titled Stabbed! Towards a Musical Tartan Noir and I continue to develope research ideas around the list of programmes made.

More recently I have completed a book chapter in collaboration with Dr Jo Collinson-Scott for Bloomsbury Academic and their Guide To The Singer Songwriter on sustaining careers in the digital age. The book will be published later in 2017.

I am currently bringing some research around Scottish music culture together with my own music output for a practice-based PhD proposal to commence later 2017

Desired research direction

My direction for forthcoming research is based on my PhD proposal. In short this is to complete a music project I started then abandoned in 1988, finishing the recording of a large body of work and adding new material to sit alonside this and essentialy complete it. The focus of the research is currently being directed and refined however the main areas include:

  • The role and function of the traditional 'singer-songwriter' within 80's pop culture
  • The phenomenon of the 'unfinished album'
  • The artist and the aging process

The output is intended as a completed album release, a concert performance and accompanying thesis. 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Contemporary Songwriting within the school and community environment
  • Studio music production 
  • Radio production and presentation 

External positions

External Examiner MA Songwriting & Production, University of South Wales

10 Jan 2016 → …


  • M Music
  • NX Arts in general

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 2 Composition
  • 2 Exhibition
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products

Classic Scottish Albums

Scott, D., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Social Media

The Pearlfishers: Love & Other Hopeless Things

Scott, D., 26 Apr 2019

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


The portfolio career in practice: key aspects of building and sustaining a songwriting and performance career in the digital era

Scott, J. & Scott, D., 23 Feb 2017, The Singer-Songwriter Handbook. Williams, J. & Williams, K. (eds.). Bloomsbury Academic

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Azimuth: sound/image

Kosmala, K., Kushiyama, K., Bell, A., Clifford, A., Truslove, G., Flynn, R., Grace, A., Holmes, P., McGeechan, P., McMeekin, R., Scott, D., Sherlock, S., Baba, T., Kanai, T., Kikukawa, Y., Suzuki, T., Yoshiike, T., Suda, H., Adams, V. & Jamieson, G., Apr 2016

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access

Azimuth: Sound/Image: Scottish version

Kosmala, K., Clifford, A., Truslove, G., Bell, A., Grace, A., McGeechan, P., Scott, D., Jamieson, G., Holmes, P., Baba, T., McMeekin, R., Sherlock, S., Haimes, P., Kushiyama, K., Kanai, T., Kikukawa, Y., Kotegawa, T., Suda, H., Suzuki, T., Yoshiike, T. & 1 others, Kushiyama, K., 7 Dec 2016

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Activities 2007 2019

  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Types of Business and Community - Work on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation
  • 1 Oral presentation

CCA hosted symposium and screenings: Out of the Past, Into the Present: Reframing Heritage through Art Practice

Katarzyna Kosmala (Chair), David Scott (Member of programme committee), Anthony Grace (Speaker), Paul McGeechan (Speaker), Graham Jeffery (Speaker), Ilona Koscieja (Invited speaker), Cahoime Henron (Invited speaker), Joshua McGeechan (Speaker), Gordon Doherty (Speaker)
6 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


"On Song - Bridging the gap between teaching, research and impact"

Anthony Grace (Speaker), David Scott (Speaker)
26 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Azimuth: Sound/Image @ CCA

Katarzyna Kosmala (Organiser), Anthony Grace (Speaker), David Scott (Participant), Alison Clifford (Participant), Alison Bell (Speaker), Paul McGeechan (Participant), Graeme Truslove (Participant)
7 Dec 201610 Dec 2016

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

Creative Scotland Music Sector Review 2014

David Scott (Contributor)

Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Work on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

Quality Enhancement Themes 2007

David Scott (Participant)
8 Mar 20079 Mar 2007

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Love & Other Hopeless Things: The Big Takeover review

David Scott


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Jimmy Webb

David Scott


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Being Human: Digital and Analogue

Katarzyna Kosmala, Anthony Grace, Paul McGeechan, Sam Firth, David Scott, Josip Zanki & Jerry Padfield


3 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Love & Other Hopeless Things: Fade Away Radiate Review

David Scott


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other