I’m an ethnomusicologist who researches on cultural, particularly musical, endangerment. Climate change is threatening the future of many cultural practices around the world. I’m aware of the irony that I fly to undertake fieldwork on this issue, while contributing to the very problem that my research seeks to understand and ultimately help mitigate. I’ve made an initial commitment to reduce my academic flying by half over the 3-year period to 2019, compared with the 3-year period to 2016. My personal statement on my academic flying intentions is available online (see link below). I believe we can do more to effect change as an academic community than as concerned individuals.
I was privileged to receive the 2015 Australian Future Justice medal for my research, advocacy and activism on cultural sustainability. My book “Music Endangerment” was published by OUP in 2014. I have a growing interest in, and concern for, the intersections between cultural sustainability and social justice, including climate justice.