Dr Sarah Raine


I have recently joined the School of Performance and Cultural Industries from a lecturer post at the University of Glasgow.

Before this, I worked on externally funded and music-focused research projects as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Limerick (2020-2022, FestiVersities, HERA), a Researcher at Edinburgh Napier University (2019-2020, Researching the Scottish Jazz and Blues Scenes, Scottish Government), as a Creative Economy Engagement Fellow at Birmingham City University (2019, Keychanges at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, AHRC) and a Network Coordinator (2016–2018, Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics, AHRC).

In addition to my teaching and research, I am one of the Founding Editors and Co-Managing Editor of Riffs: Experimental writing on popular music (OA), a Book Series Editor for Equinox Publishing (Music Industry Studies / Icons of Pop Music), and an Editor for Jazz Research Journal. I am also a Conference Committee Member for Rhythm Changes and a Judge for the Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize, supporting new writers in popular music research.

Research interests

Through action ethnography, feminist and queer approaches to undertaking and communicating research, I consider issues of access and identity within music genre, culture and industry. In my published work to date, I have explored the experiences of the younger generation of the current and multigenerational northern soul scene in the UK, the experience of and barriers to access for women and gender diverse people in the UK jazz scene, music festival engagement in issues of diversity and inclusion in the UK and Ireland, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on musician experience and live music venues in the UK, and the overlapping histories and processes of historicisation at play in popular music communities. Through this work, I also consider the role of ethnography in popular music research, the role of the ethnographer (particularly during times of shared crisis), the benefits of experimental or non-traditional forms of communicating in the study of popular music, and the embodied experience of the participating researcher in music-focused spaces.

My research has featured in a range of national, regional and specialist media outlets, from The Guardian to Dazed.

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  • PhD in Media and Cultural Studies, Birmingham City University
  • PGCE, University of Cambridge
  • MSc in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford
  • BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Oxford

Student education

I currently convene modules in Managing Festivals and Events and Cultural Policy and the Politics of Culture.

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