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Dr Abigail Gardner

Associate Professor in Music and Media

I work on music (video, music documentary, age, gender). I produce community media and film. I am currently working on an Erasmus+ project on digital storytelling. Chevron icon


I am a Reader in Music and Media at the University of Gloucestershire. My key interests are music video, documentary, gender and age. I am working on a book on Ageing and Contemporary Female Musiciansfor Routledge. I am the author of PJ Harvey and Music Video Performance (Ashgate, 2015), co-author and editor (with Ros Jennings) of Rock On: Women, Ageing and Popular Music (Ashgate, 2012). I also produce community film and media.


  • 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 & Research


MD5318 Looking at Music MD6933 Dissertation


Abigail’s research centres on the idea of marginality and her written, film and media work interrogates that idea in various ways. Abigail is currently interested in ageing and temporality, particularly in relation to women and ageing across popular music. She is Principal Investigator on two Erasmus + European projects, one on diversity and digital storytelling (, the other on media literacy for refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant women. She has also produced '​In My Own Right', a documentary short on the women who run the Cheltenham Synagogue.


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