Research Team

Over the five years of the project, the Sustainable Futures project involved over fifty researchers and several hundred collaborators. The leaders of the research teams and some of their key collaborators included:


Linda Barwick

Associate Professor Linda Barwick (University of Sydney) is an expert on Indigenous Australian music and language, as well as Director of PARADISEC, dedicated to the preservation of endangered cultures of the Asia-Pacific. She conducted the Australian Aboriginal traditional music case study with Myfany Turpin and the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia.


James Burns

Associate Professor James Burns (Binghamton University) has conducted extensive and ongoing fieldwork and ethnographic research in Ghana, Togo and Benin with the Ewe-Ron, Akan, and Dagbamba (Dagomba) ethnic groups. He led the West-African case study, working with Kwakutse Agboku, Godwin Azameti, and Trevor Wiggins.



Patricia Campbell

Professor Patricia Shehan Campbell (University of Washington) is one of the leading figures on the intersection of music education and ethnomusicology, with an extensive track record in projects, publications and lectures. She led the Mexican Mariachi music case study, working closely with Leticia Isabel Soto Flores and Cameron Quevedo.

John Drummond

Professor John Drummond (University of Otago) has a long track record in composition, opera, music education, as well as a deep involvement in cultural diversity. He led the Western classical opera case study, working with Einar Solbu, Emma Fraser and Kristin Kenning.



Peter Dunbar Hall

Associate Professor Peter Dunbar-Hall (University of Sydney) is a leading scholar of music education, who has published extensively on Balinese gamelan, Indigenous popular music, and cultural diversity at large. He led the Balinese gamelan case study.


Phil Hayward

Professor Phil Hayward (Southern Cross University) is one of the first Australian protagonists of engaged musicology, with a focus on music of small island cultures, on which he has published extensively. He conducted the Amami Island music case study with Professor Sueo Kuwahara.


Keith Howard

Professor Keith Howard (University of London) is a leading scholar on Korean music and culture, a well-respected author on ethnomusicology and music education, and contributor to the UNESCO Masterpieces of Intangible Cultural Heritage program. He led the Korean Samulnori case study, collaborating with Nathan Hesselink, Kim Insuk, and Simon Mills.


Hakan Lundstrom

Professor Hakan Lundström (University of Lund) Research Professor at the Malmö Academy of the Arts, past President of the International Society for Music Education, and a scholar of Asian music. He led the Vietnam case study as part of a major research effort funded by Swedish development agency SIDA, with major contributions by Esbjörn Wettermark and Catherine Grant.

Huib Schippers

Professor Huib Schippers (Griffith University) is a recognised leader of major action research projects on musical diversity, building on a long history in performance, education, festivals, the recording industry, policy and journalism. He led the research for the Hindustani music case study, working with Professor Joep Bor, Dr Shubha Chaudhuri, Dhruba Ghosh and Suvarnalata Rao.

Research Fellows

Throughout the course of the project, three researchers have successively served as Research Fellows for Sustainable Futures. They have been the motor behind the organisation, communication and progress of the project:

Myfany Turpin

Dr Myfany Turpin is a linguist and ethnomusicologist at the University of Sydney (Music) / University of Queensland (Linguistics). Dr Turpin also works with Indigenous communities to assist in the transmission of Indigenous languages and song. She is undertaking an ARC Future Fellowship at the University of Sydney to develop a typology of traditional Aboriginal song-poetry in the inland regions of Australia.

Dan Bendrups

Ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar with research interests ranging from traditional Pacific Island music through to global salsa and heavy metal scenes, Dr Dan Bendrups is the world’s leading specialist on the music of Rapanui (Easter Island).  With a background as a trombone player in a range of commercial contexts in Australia and internationally, Dr Bendrups is now Deputy Director Research at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.


Catherine Grant

Dr Catherine Grant‘s award-winning doctoral research (now out as a monograph with Oxford University Press) investigated ways to help communities like these around the world keep their music strong, by examining precedents from language maintenance. She is Lecturer in Music Literature at Griffith University and recipient of the national Future Justice Medal for her advocacy and research around issues of music sustainability.

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