CV

Experience

Digital Analyst, Universal Music Group, London, UK. (August 2017-Present)

I analyse the data provided to UMG by its digital partners, including Spotify and Apple Music, in order to inform album release strategies across UMG's subsidiary labels.

User Researcher Internship, Parliamentary Digital Service, London, UK. (July 2017)

I undertook a two-week work experience placement with the user research team at the Parliamentary Digital Service. I gained hand-on experience conducting user interviews, observations and data analysis.

Teaching Assistant, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. (January 2016-June 2017)

I am the seminar leader for the third-year module on the Creative Economy,  run by the Department of Geography. The course explores how the creative economy and cultural industries are being shaped by geographical processes related to globalisation, digitisation and flexibilisation. 


Education

(2015-) PhD Web Science, University of Southampton, UK.

Thesis title: 'Algorithmic Intermediaries: How are Music Recommender Systems Performing as Cultural Intermediaries and Shaping Taste?' Supervised by: Prof. Susan Halford, Dr. Brian J. Hracs, Dr. Nicholas Gibbins.

(2014-2015) MSc Web Science (with Distinction), University of Southampton, UK. 

Selected modules: Web Architecture, Semantic Web Technologies, Science of Social Networks, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods for Assessing Technology

(2011-2014) BA Music (with First Class Honours), University of Southampton, UK.

Winner of the 2014 Edward Wood Memorial Prize for Best Music Student


Qualitative Research Methods
I have training and experience conducting qualitative interviews with a range of participants, including elite interviews, and I have experience using visual methods within interview situations. I have experience using thematic analysis and familiarity with other data analysis approaches for qualitative data.

Independence and Initiative
I am comfortable working independently and using my initiative to find new opportunities. I have developed my ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, including projects relating to my PhD as well as extra-curricular activities.

Interpersonal Skills and Team Working
Conducting interviews as part of my PhD has developed my interpersonal skills and my ability to quickly develop rapport, whilst attending academic conferences has developed my networking skills. I have experience working as part of cross-cultural teams, which has been gained through participating in university-led projects relating to digital technologies and the Web with partners in China.

Communication Skills
I have developed strong written and verbal communication skills and feel confident communicating my ideas in a range of formats. I have published work on music recommendation and presented at conferences around the world on the topics of music streaming and music recommendation. I have written several blog posts and feature in several video panel sessions and online talks. For more information, please visit my webpage. 

Skills


Event Manager, Pint of Science Festival, Southampton, UK.(February 2017-June 2017) 

Digital Makers Assistant, Southampton Central Library, UK. (January 2017)

PGR Student Representative, University of Southampton, 2017

Fundraiser, The Rainbow Project, Southampton, 2011- 2014

International Musicians Seminar Volunteer Programme, 2013

Cheltenham Jazz Festival Volunteer Programme, 2013

Music Society President, University of Southampton, 2011-2012 

Extra-Curricular Activities


Musician I am an active guitarist in the local Southampton music scene. I compose for and perform with my own jazz-fusion quartet, Quortl. Check out our music here. I also play guitar for a pop-gospel choir, Jazzmanix, who perform around the south coast and abroad.

Interests