Research Team

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

brydieProfessor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC), Griffith University. She is one of the world’s leading community music scholars whose research has advanced our understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and educational value of music and the arts in First Nations’ Communities, prisons, war affected cities, educational and industry contexts. She has worked on five nationally competitive grants, five research consultancies, and four prestigious fellowships (totalling over $1.2 million), and 150 research outputs. She serves on the Board of Music Australia, has served as Chair and Commissioner of the International Society for Music Education’s Community Music Activities Commission, and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Community Music. In 2014 was awarded the Australian University Teacher of the Year, in 2018 she was awarded an Art for Good Fellowship (Singapore International Foundation), and in 2020 she will be a Fulbright Scholar at New York University.

Chief Investigator: Professor Dawn Bennett (Curtin University)

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Dawn Bennett is John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Director of the EmployABILITY and Creative Workforce Initiatives with Curtin University, Australia. She is acknowledged internationally as an expert on the development of graduate employability within higher education and the characteristics of careers in music. A National Senior Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK, Dawn is an Adjunct Professor with Griffith and Monash Universities, a Visiting Fellow with the University of the Arts, Helsinki, and a Research Fellow with the Australian National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. Dawn has led or contributed to over AUD$6 million in research grants from which she has published over 240 academic articles and 10 books. Publications appear at Researchgate.


Chief Investigator: Professor Ruth Bridgstock (Centre for Learning Futures, Griffith University)


Ruth Bridgstock is Professor and Director (Curriculum and Teaching Transformation) in Learning Futures at Griffith University. Ruth is passionate about fostering ‘future capability’ in learners, teachers and educational institutions. Ruth engages in research and scholarship into education for the changing world of work and 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. Ruth is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE UK), and Australian National Senior Teaching Fellow for Graduate Employability 2.0, which is concerned with social capital and how learners, teachers and institutions can connect with others to enhance their learning and work practices. Ruth’s books include Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Employment, Innovation and Education (Edward Elgar, 2014), Creative Education Pathways Within and Beyond the Creative Industries (Routledge, 2016), and Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability: A Connectedness Learning Approach (Edward Elgar, 2018). Ruth’s blog can be found at


Chief Investigator: Professor Scott Harrison (QCRC, Griffith University)


Professor 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.


Chief Investigator: Professor Paul Draper (QCRC, Griffith University)

Paul Draper

Professor 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.


Chief Investigator: Professor Vanessa Tomlinson (QCRC, Griffith University)

Vanessa Tomlinson

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 outputs in this area. Her performance work has received numerous awards including two Green Room Awards, and two APRA AMCOS /AMC Awards and she has undertaken artistic residencies through the prestigious Civatelli Ranieri (Italy) and Asialink (China).


Research Fellow: Dr Christina Ballico (QCRC, Griffith University)


Dr Christina Ballico has a strong background in the music, media and arts sectors, with her research broadly examining the relationship between music and place, including aspects such as creative and cultural capital, business and career development, popular music culture and policy, and music cities. She currently sits on the Editorial Board of the IASPM Journal and is 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. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming collection Music Cities: Evaluating a Global Policy Concept (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Partner Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Australia Council’s strategic plan reflects Council’s desire to make more visible the vitality of our arts and culture, and to recognise the evolving way that Australians make and experience art. Australia Council’s role is to support the unimagined along with the reimagined, the unknown and experimental along with the keenly anticipated. They are a champion for Australian arts both here and overseas and invest in artistic excellence through support for all facets of the creative process and are committed to the arts being more accessible to all Australians.

Create NSW

Create NSW works to deliver the NSW Government’s priority of fostering excellence in arts, screen and culture in the State. Create NSW develops targeted strategies and provides support to the arts, screen and cultural sectors. It collaborates across government and builds strategic partnerships with the Commonwealth and local government, as well as supporting connections between the arts and business sectors. Create NSW is responsible for managing and delivering over $2 billion of cultural infrastructure projects and administering funding programs that support key arts, screen and cultural organisations, artists and film and television content makers to develop and produce Australian work. Create NSW also works closely with the State’s six Cultural Institutions, the Sydney Opera House, the Australian Museum, the State Library, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the Art Gallery and Sydney Living Museums and the State significant organisations, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks and the National Arts School.

Creative Victoria

Creative Victoria is the Victorian Government body which champions, grows and supports Victoria’s creative industries, by investing in the ideas, talent, organisations, events and projects that make Victoria a creative state. Creative Victoria fosters new opportunities for innovation, collaboration, cross- promotion and economic growth, both across the creative industries and in the broader community, and work to raise the profile, reach and impact of Victoria’s creative industries, support the career development of local artists and creative professionals, and ensure that all Victorians benefit from creative and cultural opportunities

Western Australian Government – Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) works collaboratively with government, community organisations, peak bodies and other stakeholders to achieve our vision of creating a vibrant, inclusive and connected WA community. DLGSC’s mission is to enable dynamic and inclusive communities and support the WA economy through effective regulation and the facilitation of outstanding sporting and cultural experiences and opportunities. The culture and the arts business area of DLGSC supports the delivery of arts and culture activities through strong evidence-based policy, research and funding across Western Australia to achieve State Government outcomes. The business area undertakes the development and implementation of research and industry projects to strengthen the policy basis of its programs and services. Working with a range of stakeholders and partners, the business area provides information and opportunities to foster growth, connections and access to industry intelligence. This includes statistics on cultural funding, employment, attendance and participation, and Western Australia’s values and attitudes towards culture and the arts. The business area funds non-government arts organisations as a base from which they can then generate additional income through sponsorship, box office and other agencies to support their annual program of activities. It also provides project funding to provide artists and creatives to undertake a broad range of projects and activities across multiple art forms. Investment in arts and culture is essential to ensure Western Australians have ongoing access to arts and culture activities.

The Music Trust

The charitable organisation Music Trust works “with energy, imagination and authority for music.” It advocates for recognition of musicians and music education, presents Awards, and hosts a Knowledge Base on music in Australia, and will make available its networks and thorough knowledge of the sector.