Staff Profiles: Dr. Abigail Gardner

Dr. Abigail Gardner

Staff Profile: Dr. Abigail Gardner
Reader in Music and Media. Media School Research Lead

Dr. Abigail Gardner

Dr. Abigail Gardner

Reader in Music and Media. Media School Research Lead

Music and Media

Film and Television

Abigail works on music video, music documentary, music and age, music and gender. She produces community media and film and is currently working on an Erasmus+ project on digital storytelling.


Abigail is a Reader in Music and Media. She works on music and ageing, music video and music documentary. She is the author of PJ Harvey and Music Video Performance (Ashgate, 2015), co-author and editor of Rock On: Women, Ageing and Popular Music (Ashgate, 2012). She is currently writing Ageing and Contemporary Female Musicians (Routledge, 2019). She also produces community film and media.


Award Title Institution Date
Tripos Part Japanese Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, 1986
BA (Hons) Japanese SOAS, University of London 1988
MSocSci Cultural Studies University of Birmingham 1999
PhD Cultural Studies University of Gloucestershire


2009 - Winner of University of Gloucestershire Public Engagement award for 'Synagogue Lane', a DVD of memories from Kindertransport survivors resident locally.

Membership of professional bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of IASPM

Members of MeCCSa

Teaching and research


MD5318 Looking at Music

MD6933 Dissertation


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


My research focus is on music and media. Published work encompasses music and ageing, music video, music documentary and marginal music cultures. I am also interested in community media and have led community projects in relation to marginal communities.


More publications from Dr. Abigail Gardner can be found in the Research Repository.

Thesis Supervision

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Women in music

Ageing and music

Music documentaries

Community media

Digital storytelling

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