Research Team

Chief Investigators

Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet
(Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University)

brydieProfessor Brydie-Leigh works on a range of national and international research projects in community music, arts-based service learning with Australian First Peoples, intercultural community arts, and arts programs in prison. Many of these projects have been realized in partnership with a wide range of NGOs, arts and community organizations, and colleagues across Australia and the Asia Pacific. She has worked on four successive ARC Linkage projects, led a major OLT Innovation and Development project, secured over a million dollars in research funding, and produced well over a 100 research outputs. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian University Teacher of the Year. She currently serves as Director, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University.

Professor Dawn Bennett
(Curtin University)

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Professor Dawn Bennett is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative with Curtin University. With a discipline background in music education and performance, her research focuses on the development of employability, including identity and graduate work. Dawn is a National Senior Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Her current Australian Fellowship, which features a student employABILITY starter kit, is rolling out a metacognitive model for employability with faculty and students in Australia, the UK, Europe and the US. Dawn is Vice-Chair Australia for the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows. Publications appear at

Professor Ruth Bridgstock
(Griffith University)

RuthProfessor Ruth Bridgstock is passionate about building ‘future capable’ learners, teachers, and educational institutions. Her activities are all centered on the question of how universities can foster capabilities for productive participation in the 21st century knowledge economy and society. Ruth engages in research and scholarship into the changing world of work and the social challenges we all face, capability needs, and approaches to learning in the digital age. She designs, develops and evaluates innovative curricula and teaching approaches for the development of these capabilities, and is also engaged in teacher capacity building and university transformation projects. Professor Bridgstock is also an Adjunct Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Scott Harrison
(Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University)

scottProfessor Scott Harrison has experience in teaching singing and music in primary, secondary and tertiary environments. He has over 20 years of experience including performance, opera and music theatre as both singer and musical director. He is recognised as a leader in the research on masculinities and music with publications including Masculinities and Music (2008), Male Voices: Stories of Boys Learning through Making Music (2009) and International Perspectives on Males and Singing (2012). Scott served as co-editor of the International Journal of Music Education, and is the recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching. A Fellow of the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, Scott currently serves as Director, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Professor Paul Draper
(Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University)

Paul DraperProfessor Paul Draper is an Adjunct Professor at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Throughout a 25 year career at Griffith his portfolio has included leadership and strategic direction for digital arts communities including film, design, music and cyber-studies. At Queensland Conservatorium, he has taught and convened degree programs in artistic research, music and multimedia, and is the recipient of grants and awards in these areas. He has supervised to completion numerous research higher degree students in PHD and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) programs. In 2016 he won the AEL award for excellence in research supervision.

Associate Professor Vanessa Tomlinson
(Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University)

Vanessa TomlinsonAssociate Professor Vanessa Tomlinson is a percussionist, devoted to using the skills of listening to enhance community engagement. She does this through performance, composition, improvisation, site-specific work, environmental works, intercultural work and architectural collaborations. She is recognised as a leader in the area of Artistic Research, co-editing Here and Now (2016); an examination of Artistic Research in Australia, and producing many significant research research outputs in this area. Her performance work has received numerous awards including two Green Room Awards, and 2 APRA/AMC Awards and she has undertaken artistic residencies through the prestigious Civatelli Ranieri (Italy) and Asialink (China).

Research Fellow

Dr Christina Ballico
(Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University)

ChristinaBallicoDr Christina Ballico has a solid background in the music, media and arts sectors, with particularly strong experience in print journalism and community radio. Her research broadly examines the relationship between music and place, including aspects such as creative and cultural capital, business and career development, popular music culture and policy, and creative and cultural clusters. Christina is a general member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (Australian New Zealand chapter), while also being a former student researcher and ECR/PhD subcommittee member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and a former member of the West Australian Music Council.

Research Partners

Australia Council for the Arts
Create NSW
Creative Victoria
Culture and the Arts (WA) a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
The Music Trust