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Dean's Research Fellow in Music, University of Melbourne

Working across community music, applied ethnomusicology, cultural development and education, Gillian Howell's research investigates the contributions of participatory music and arts to post-war community development, peacebuilding and reconciliation, and the interactions of these efforts with international aid and development. Her research is published in leading outlets including the International Journal of Community Music, Music and Arts in Action, and multiple Oxford Handbooks. She is a Commissioner for the Community Music Activity Commission of the International Society for Music Education, and a former Australian Endeavour Research Fellow. An active participatory music and community cultural development practitioner, Gillian has led and facilitated music-making projects in many complex settings, including in remote Indigenous Australia and in post-conflict settings in the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Asia.


  • 2013–present
    PhD researcher, Griffith University


  • 2010 
    Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Master of Education