School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Adam Behr

Lecturer in Contemporary and Pop Music

Background

Dr Adam Behr is interested in the politics and sociology of music. 


He is a founder, and co-director of the Live Music Exchange, a knowledge exchange and research body that builds bridges between academics, industry and policymakers.

http://livemusicexchange.org

He plays guitar and bass guitar and has an additional interest in film music.


Previous positions:

  • Research Associate/Module Co-Ordinator: University of Edinburgh
  • Research Associate: University of Glasgow
  • Senior Research Associate: University of East Anglia
  • Visiting Lecturer: City University, London
  • Teaching Fellow: University of Stirling




Research

My research covers the politics and sociology of music, particularly popular music, and the music industries. Research topics to date have included:

  • The cultural value of live music
  • Digitisation, copyright and musical practice
  • The relationships between venues, musicians and policymakers
  • The social dynamics of rock bands
  • The conventions of performance at open mic nights

My work also involves engagement with industry and government, at local, regional and national levels.

Current research projects include: http://uklivemusiccensus.org/

Director: Live Music Exchange (http://livemusicexchange.org)

Member of the City of Edinburgh Council 'Music is Audible' working group

Member: International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Member: Royal Musical Association


Current research includes a UK Live Music Census, with industry and policy partners. You can read more about this at: https://uklivemusiccensus.org/about/ 


Teaching

Undergraduate

Module Leader: MUS1014 - Introduction to the Study of Contemporary and Popular Music

Module Leader: MUS3029 – Music, Politics and Policy

Contributor: MUS2065 - Issues in Popular Music Culture

Postgraduate

Co-ordinator for MMus Elective Option: Advanced Studies in Popular Music

Contributor to Music Masters Research Training

Currently supervising PhDs on:

  • Embodied knowledge and the songwriting process
  • The interface of contemporary music publishing and performance scenes with local policy
  • Borrowed stories and narrative in the work of Kate Bush

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications