Staff Research Projects

Our most recent and ongoing externally funded research projects include:

Date Project Title & Description Grant holder(s) Funder(s)

The tunes that stick forever in memory: Cognitive ageing insights revealed by earworms

Georgina Floridou, Victoria Williamson British Academy

'Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts' (UACA)

Stephanie Pitts, Sarah Price, Elizabeth Dobson AHRC

‘Euphonia’ – Capturing social musicality in the human voice

Emma Smith, Ian Cross, Robin Dunbar, Lauren Stewart, Victoria Williamson Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award

Between producers and consumers: Music critics’ role in the classical music market

Antonio Baldassarre, Elena Alessandri, Victoria Williamson Swiss National Science Foundation

The intruder within: what can earworms tell us about other involuntary cognitions?

Lisa-Marie Emerson, Victoria Williamson British Academy

The role of crossmodal information in inter-performer musical communication

Renee Timmers Leverhulme Trust

'Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy, 1420-1540'
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Tim Shephard Leverhulme

'Living with Absolute Pitch: Exploring Musical Memory'

Victoria Williamson, Elizabeth West Marvin, Kelly Jakubowski Worldwide Universities Network, Experimental Psychological Society

Sing Yourself to Sleep: The Role of Music in Helping to Overcome Insomnia

Simon Durrant, Daniel Mullensiefen, Tabitha Trahan, Victoria Williamson Experimental Psychological Society, Arts Enterprise

'Digital Folk: digital media in folk arts participation'

Simon Keegan-Phipps and Lucy Wright AHRC
2013 Cultural Value project: ‘Dropping in and dropping out – exploring experiences of lapsed and partial arts engagement’ Stephanie Pitts AHRC
2013 Transmitting Musical Heritage Kate Pahl, Richard Steadman Jones, Fay Hield, John Ball, David Judge AHRC
2013 The Full English – Turning folk archive material into performance through an online portal. Fay Hield PRSf, Arts Council England, University of Sheffield, Arts and Humanities Faculty Strategic Development Fund
2012-2015 Cross-modal perception of music. Dr Renee Timmers and Prof. Zohar Eitan. BA
2011-2012 Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea. Andrew Killick Academy of Korean Studies
2011 Engaging music students in non-assessed activities Stephanie Pitts PALATINE Development Award
2010-11 Everything and Nothing: a partnership for public engagement in mathematics through performance Dorothy Ker
with Professor Marcus du Sautoy (Oxford University) and Dr Kate Allen (Reading University)
2010 Investigating audience experience and lifelong musical engagement in Spain Stephanie Pitts Santander Research Mobility Award
2009-2010 Emotional communication in speech prosody and music Dr Eduardo Coutinho and Dr Nicola Dibben Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and a University of Sheffield Arts and Humanities Rapid Response Grant.
2009-2010 The influence of emotional responses on attention and expectation in music perception Renee Timmers BA
2007-2012 White Rose East Asia Centre: East Asian identities and cultures cluster Prof. Jonathan Stock
with staff from the School of East Asian Studies and the University of Leeds