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Toby Bennett

Dr Toby Bennett PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 6987 ext. 6987 Room no. RM226


Dr Toby Bennett has a BMus (Music) from City University, MA (Cultural and Critical Studies) from Birkbeck College, and a PhD (Culture, Media and Creative Industries) from King’s College, London.

His research is concerned with work, production and organisation within the cultural economy, particularly the music industries. His PhD took the form of an auto-ethnographic inquiry into working life in major record labels, after the recorded music industry’s digital 'crisis' period.

He has particularly been interested in 'non-creative' work in this context, as well as ways in which music has harmonised with 'knowledge economy' business and policy imperatives. More recently, he has been interested in the burgeoning field of activity around the 'Music City'.

His responsibilities as a postdoctoral researcher include:

  • Conducting and publishing research in the area of creative and digital industries,
  • Presenting research at conferences and in public engagement,
  • Developing new individual and collaborative projects, within Solent and externally,
  • Contributing to the Researcher Development Programme,
  • Contributing to the growth of the internal research community,
  • Advising on institutional activities in relation to creative industries,
  • Representing the institution in external academic and industry-facing research networks.