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Dr Elizabeth Dobson is a National Teaching Fellow of the HEA, director of the Yorkshire Sound Women Network, composer, Fellow of the RSA, and a senior lecturer in Music Technology at The University of Huddersfield.

After completing a BMus and MA in Music for Film Media and the Arts at Bangor University Liz took her first academic post at Scarborough College; where she taught studio recording, computer music and scoring for film. While co-delivering modules on music and dance collaboration, Liz developed a 20 year fascination with the social psychology of learning and creativity through music technology collaboration. After teaching at Leeds College of Music for three years, Liz took a position at the University of Portsmouth, where she began her formal training in social research and education action research methods. In 2012 she completed her PhD “An investigation of the processes of interdisciplinary creative collaboration: the case of music technology students working within the performing arts” (with the Open University). Since 2007 she has been working at The University of Huddersfield, developing extra-curricular practices that foster enterprise creativities and building initiatives from her research, including Collabhub, and The Yorkshire Sound Women Network. Through her commitment to supporting girls in music technology Liz has been fundraising and delivering workshops and summer schools, partnering with Sound and Music, and employing internationally established sound artists to teach and work with girls across a wide range of science and music activities. Liz has delivered eight academic and industry conferences that focus on building bridges, for collaboration and knowledge transfer amongst people from diverse communities.

External positions

Director , Yorkshire Sound Women Network C.I.C.

1 Apr 2018 → …

Committee member, National Associatin for Music in Higher Education

2016 → …

Chair, Yorkshire Sound Women Network

15 Jul 201531 Mar 2018

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Music
  • Music Production
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Enterprise
  • Social Enterprise
  • Gender

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Research Output 2006 2019

Talk for collaborative learning in collaborative computer-based music production.

Dobson, E., 29 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Music, Technology and Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Computer music

Digital Audio Ecofeminism (DA’EF): The Glocal Impact of All-Female Communities on Learning and Sound Creativities

Dobson, E., 19 Apr 2018, Creativities in Arts Education, Research and Practice: International Perspectives for the Future of Learning and Teaching. de Bruin, L., Burnard, P. & Davis, S. (eds.). Leiden/Boston: Brill, Vol. 15. p. 201-222 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Book review: Musical creativities in practice, P. Burnard, OUP, Oxford (2012)

Dobson, E., Sep 2015, In : Thinking Skills and Creativity. 17, p. 130-131 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

Open Access
book review

Digital technologies and the mediation of undergraduate students’ collaborative music compositional practices

Dobson, E. & Littleton, K. S., 4 Jun 2015, In : Learning, Media and Technology. p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
music lessons

Permission to Play: Fostering Enterprise Creativities in Music Technology through Extracurricular Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Dobson, E., 2015, Activating Diverse Musical Creativities: Teaching and Learning in Higher Music Education. Burnard, P. & Haddon, E. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 75-96 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Activities 2012 2019

Interaction, Agency and The Role of Talk in Music Technology Education

Elizabeth Dobson (Speaker)
14 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

QO-2 artist residency

Elizabeth Dobson (Participant)
11 Jun 20191 Jul 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Sonic Arts Forum

Elizabeth Dobson (Participant)
6 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

The Digital Audio EcoFeminism ABC: Activisms in audio, and Building bridges through Community

Elizabeth Dobson (Speaker)
7 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Performance with the Female Laptop Orchestra at SARC Belfast

Elizabeth Dobson (Participant)
19 Nov 201822 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Press / Media

Audio Engineering Society ‘Gender equality and the audio industries' Panel

Elizabeth Dobson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Women in audio and the Yorkshire Sound Women Network

Elizabeth Dobson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment