Lecturer: Popular Music and Experience Design

Ryan is a lecturer, researcher, and musician who currently teaches across a range of courses in both the Music and Experience Design subject areas. Prior to joining Falmouth, he taught in a number of UK-based Further and Higher Education institutions. As a musician, he has toured, played at major festivals, received national and international airplay, and has organised a number of releases and events in collaboration with DIY and independent labels. In 2021, Ryan submitted his PhD to the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University (Denmark), which explored the specificity of music as a globalised form of cultural production.

He is an active researcher with a growing number of publications in internationally recognised journals and academic presses. Recent publications include 'The Contemporaneity of Class Relations' (2021) for Sociological Review, 'Lac Bugs, Petrocapitalism, and Data: Musicology Without Music' in the Journal of Media Art, Theory and Study (2020), and 'The Crackle of Contemporaneity' (2019; with Geoff Cox and Andy Prior). Ryan is an affiliated researcher with the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University, the Contemporary Aesthetics and Technology group at Aarhus University, and the Theory Study Group of the British Sociological Association. In 2021, he joined the editorial board of The Sociological Review.

Current teaching and research interests include the use of big data and analytics in cultural production (and its criticism), music's political ecology, as well as a range of ongoing projects in the fields of critical and cultural theory.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2021 PhD Aarhus University
2016 MFA Falmouth University
2014 BA(Hons) Popular Music Falmouth University


Areas of teaching

  • Art and Cultural Theory
  • Critical Event Studies
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Media
  • Music Industry
  • Popular Music

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Popular Music
  • BA(Hons) Music
  • BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology
  • MA Music Business
  • BA(Hons) Creative Events Management
  • BA(Hons) Sustainable Festival Management

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

British Sociological Association