Dr Dominique Santos' doctoral thesis used popular music as a lens to map the dynamics of social change in South Africa over several generations. Music was used as a device to track biographies and stories that explored the dynamic contours of race in 'mixed' communities, including domestic music making in a Scots-Mauritian family in the early apartheid years in Durban, the jazz scene of 1970’s and 1980’s in ‘grey’ areas of Johannesburg and kwaito sub-cultures in the western areas of Johannesburg in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Music was shown to frame moments of solidarity that cut across racial identifications, while equally being a powerful marker of distinction and difference that re-inscribed these identifications.
She has worked extensively with Widening Participation at Goldsmiths to facilitate engagement with anthropology amongst young people in South East London between the ages of 10 – 18. Her current research interests are in play and children's access to the city, focusing on the development of Adventure Playgrounds in Johannesburg, South Africa and urban renewal in central London.