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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


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

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Research Output 2006 2018

  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

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


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


Book review: The Creative College: Building a Successful Learning Culture in the Arts, G. Jeffery (Ed.)

Dobson, E. Nov 2006 In : Thinking Skills and Creativity. 1, 2, p. 156-157 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

learning culture

Activities 2012 2018

  • 2 Publication Peer-review
  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Invited talk

Thinking Skills and Creativity (Journal)

Dobson, E. (Reviewer)
15 Jul 201820 Jul 2018

Activity: Publication Peer-review

Activating Inclusive Sound Spaces

Dobson, E. (Organiser)
8 Jul 20179 Jul 2017

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Music Production Education Conference (Event)

Dobson, E. (Member)
Jun 2017

Activity: Membership of committee

CollabHub - Fostering Enterprise in Music Technology

Dobson, E. (Speaker)
4 Dec 2013

Activity: Invited talk

Press / Media

Women in audio and the Yorkshire Sound Women Network

Elizabeth Dobson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment