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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


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.