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Double boost as staff secure two AHRC research grants

November 19th, 2014

THE SCHOOL of Music is celebrating a double success, as two members of staff have secured significant research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Dr Alinka Greasley, a Music Psychology specialist, and Dr James Mooney, who focuses on electronic music, have each received AHRC awards which will allow them to progress their research.

Dr Greasley has secured an award of £250k for a project that will explore the music listening behaviour of people with hearing impairments. The three year interdisciplinary project – which brings together researchers in the fields of music psychology and clinical audiology – represents the first large-scale systematic investigation of how music listening experiences are affected by deafness and the use of hearing aids.

She will lead the project accompanied by Co-Investigator Dr Harriet Crook, from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Music Psychology, and a highly esteemed advisory panel consisting of academics and practitioners with expertise in a range of fields relating to hearing impairment – for example, auditory processing, hearing therapy and deaf education.

Dr Mooney’s success is with an AHRC Early-Career Fellowship worth £135k. It will run for 15 months from February 2015 and is in partnership with The Science Museum.

The project will explore the varied work of musician and musicologist Hugh Davies (1943-2005) in the field of electronic music in the 1960s and 70s, and how this has been influential subsequently.

In particular, his study will focus on Davies’ research and documentation, instrument-building and performance, and campaigning and pedagogy. The main academic outputs will be a series of journal articles focusing on those aspects of Davies’s work.

The Science Museum has a collection of Davies’ self-built instruments, which will be exhibited as part of the project. The project will also include a major two-day international conference, hosted at the Science Museum, and a public concert series.

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