Research interests

Dr Simon McKerrell is interested in the social impact of music and the creative industries. Current research focuses upon music in the creative economy in rural areas, and taking an interdisciplinary and mixed methods approach to the relationship between culture and policy. He is the author of Focus: Scottish Traditional Music (Routledge), and the Co-Editor of both Music as Multimodal Discourse: Media, Power and Protest (Bloomsbury) and Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition, Modernity (Routledge).

Some of my project outputs are hosted here. In 2020-21 my current project is called Music in the Rural Creative Economy.

Previously I completed an AHRC Fellowship entitled Understanding Scotland Musically and I am currently enjoying working on some theorization of Anglo/Celtic Traditional Music from a mostly epistemological perspective and similarly engaged in some really interesting discussions with other ethnomusicologists about artistic research in ethnomusicology and traditional music too. Do get in touch if you want to talk about any of these subjects–I really welcome open discussion.

At present I am using ethnographic fieldwork and survey data to explore musical micro-enterprises and their social capital in the rural creative economy in Scotland. I maintain an interest in music and social conflict, specifically around sectarianism in Scotland and how music and culture perform and combat social conflict.

I was Co-I on the EU Horizon grant CoHere, which addressed an intensifying EU Crisis through a study of relations between identities and representations and performances of history, including music as intangible cultural heritage. I was also the lead academic on an AHRC postdoctoral fellowship with Dr Jasmine Hornabrook examining the rural creative economy in Argyll and Bute throughout 2018. In 2014-15 I completed an AHRC Early Career Fellowship entitled Understanding Scotland Musically and some of the research from this project has been published in a book for Routledge on Scottish traditional music employing various ethnomusicological, media and discourse analysis methods of analysis entitled Focus: Scottish Traditional Music.

PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH if you want to exchange ideas or talk about any of these issues!