Mark Rimmer joined UEA in 2009. He gained a BA(Hons) at the University of Sheffield and PGDip at Sheffield Hallam University, before moving to Newcastle University, where he completed his PhD in 2006. In 2008 he was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, leading to periods of study and teaching at the University of Leeds and University of Amsterdam.

Mark’s research is broadly concerned with questions of musical taste, practice and education, class and cultural distinction, cultural policy, community arts and creative work. Much of his research activity adopts qualitative and ethnographic methods. Since 2011, Mark has undertaken research projects on creative work within community arts and issues of sustainability in community arts organisations. He is currently leading two AHRC-funded research projects: a research network exploring community music activity in the UK and a comparative project exploring question of cultural value in relation to three ‘In Harmony-Sistema England’ initiatives.

Academic Background

B.A. French & Philosophy, University of Sheffield (1997)

PG Dip. Social Science Research Methods, Hallam University (2002)


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