Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Research projects and publications

Below are just some recent examples of research conducted at UCL around and in the field of music.

Portrait of a man playing a virginal, Francesco Traballesi, 1554-1570, Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Current projects

  • CHAMPIONS - UCL and De Montfort University Leicester, led by Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul (UCL). CHAMPIONS is working with Sound Voice to bring the lived experiences of families and children living in temporary accommodation due to homelessness, and the professionals that support them, to a wider audience.
  • MusAI, (Music and Artificial Intelligence: Building Critical Interdisciplinary Studies) is a five-year research program, funded by the ERC and led by Professor Georgina Born (UCL Anthropology), with links to the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, and Mila, Montreal. It investigates the cultural implications of AI through a group of critical interdisciplinary studies examining AI’s relationship with music.
  • Sound-making Space, a UCL Bartlett Doctoral Network, a diverse group of researchers and practitioners who think about and engage with architecture and space through sound. 
  • PEARL (Person Environment Activity Research Laboratory) a unique facility to explore the ways in which people interact with their environment.
  • The Active Citizens Sound Archive, a multilingual archive of solidarities and collaborations, of diversities and possibilities.


Adhitya, S. (2018) Musical Cities: Listening to Urban Design and Planning UCL Press

Baker, D and Green, L (2018) Disability arts and visually impaired musicians in the community. In: Bartleet, BL and Higgins, L, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. (pp. 477-502). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. (2018)

Born, G. (ed.) (2022). Music and Digital Media: A Planetary Anthropology.  London: UCL Press (open access).

Born, G., J. Morris, F. Diaz & A. Anderson (2021). Artificial Intelligence, Music Recommendation, and the Curation of Culture: A White Paper. Toronto: Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, University of Toronto.

Bowersox, J (2021). Blackface and Black faces on German and Austrian stages, 1847-1914. In L. Tonger-Eck, P. Layne (Eds.), Staging Blackness. Ann Arbor, USA: University of Michigan Press.

Bowersox, J. (2020). Seeing black: Foote’s Afro-American Company and the performance of racial uplift in Imperial Germany (1891)German History, 38 (4). doi:10.1093/gerhis/ghaa064

Clark, CN and Warren, JD (2015) Music, memory and mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease. Brain , 138 (Pt 8) pp. 2122-2125. (2015)

Gilbert, S (2005) Music in the Holocaust Oxford University Press

Gold, N.E.; Wang, C; Olugbade, T; Berthouze, N; Williams, A; (2020) P(l)aying Attention: Multi-Modal, Multi-Temporal Music Control. In: Proceedings - International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. NIME: Birmingham, UK. (In press). 

Gold, N.E., Purves, R., & Himonides, E. (2022). Playing, Constructionism, and Music in Early-Stage Software Engineering EducationMultidisciplinary Journal for Education, Social and Technological Sciences9(1), 14–38.

Himonides, E; Thompson, WF; (2021) Media and technology in music education. In: Thompson, WF and Olsen, KN, (eds.) The Science and Psychology of Music From Mozart at the Office to Beyoncé at the Gym. (pp. 325-330). Greenwood: Santa Barbara, CA.

Lee, D (2021) Form as classification: an exploration of musical form as a knowledge organization systemNASKO 2021: Resilience, Resistance, and Reflection: Knowledge Organization at a Crossroads. University of Washington Archive.

Lee, D (2020) Hornbostel-Sachs classification of musical instruments [Digital scholarly resource]. Retrieved from https://www.isko.org/cyclo/hornbostel.

Neveu Kringelbach, H and Plancke, C (2019) Introduction: dance in Africa and beyond: creativity and identity in a globalized world. Critical African Studies , 11 (1) pp. 1-9. (2019)

Palmer, T; Baker, D; (2021) Classical soloists' life histories and the music conservatoire. International Journal of Music Education 
10.1177/0255761421991154. (In press).

Ramalho, J. R. (2021). Sexsationalist Feminism in The Devil’s Carnival Project (2012, 2015). In J. Lobalzo Wright and M. Shearer (Eds), Musicals at the Margins: Genre, Boundaries, Canon. Bloomsbury. 

Ramalho, J. R. (2020). Gender Politics in a High-Camp, Lowbrow Musical. In C. Bloom (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Ramalho, J. R. (2020). The Blasphemous Grotesqueries of The Tiger Lillies. In C. Bloom (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Rushworth, JF (2019) If the ‘Schu’ Fits: Translating a Moment of Song in Proust’s Le Temps Retrouvé. French Studies Bulletin , 40 (150) pp. 21-24. (2019)

Steadman, P. (2021) Renaissance Fun: The machines behind the scenes UCL Press

Bolton, L, Jiang, J and Warren JD (2022) Music as a person centred intervention for dementia. BMJ 2022;376:o518

Wunderlich, F (2008) Walking and Rhythmicity: sensing urban space. Journal of Urban Design

Wunderlich, F (2013) Place-temporality and urban place-rhythms in Urban Analysis and Design: an aesthetics akin to music Journal of Urban Design

Wunderlich, F (2014) Place-temporality and rhythmicity: a new aesthetics and methodological foundation for urban design theory and practice, in Carmona, M. (Ashgate Publishers)