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Research Fellow, Birmingham City University

Craig Hamilton is a Research Fellow at Birmingham City University. His research is built around The Harkive Project ( and comprises experimental methodological approaches derived from the use of data collection and machine-learning algorithms. He is also the co-Managing Editor of Riffs: Experimental Writing on Popular Music ( and the Project Coordinator for the AHRC-funded Songwriting Studies Network ( Outside of his academic work Craig continues to build on his 20 years of working in the business of popular music, as digital catalogue manager for Static Caravan Recordings ( and as a musician and recording artist with Independent Country (


  • 2015–present
    Research assistant, Birmingham City University
  • 2006–present
    Digital Manager, Static Caravan Recordings
  • 2018–present
    Research fellow, Birmingham City University


  • 2018 
    Birmingham City University, PhD Popular Music Studies
  • 2013 
    Birmingham City University, MA Music Industries
  • 1995 
    Middlesex University, English Literature and Media & Cultural Studies


  • 2019
    Popular music, digital technologies and data analysis: New methods and questions. , Convergence
  • 2016
    The Harkive Project: Rethinking Music Consumption, Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Research Fellow
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Birmingham City University
  • 2014
    AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
    Doctoral Student
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • AOIR - Association of Internet Researchers