Dr Stephen Wilford

Staff details

PositionPostgraduate Programmes Administrator
Email s.wilford (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 3324

Stephen is the administrator for the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and works closely with Mary Claire Halvorson. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, Leeds College of Music, and Goldsmiths, University of London, before completing his AHRC-funded PhD at City, University of London under the supervision of Professor Stephen Cottrell, with a thesis focussing upon music-making amongst the Algerian diaspora community of London.

He previously worked within the Department of Music at Goldsmiths between 2007 and 2011, during which time he completed an MA in Music (Ethnomusicology).

He is currently a Visiting Lecturer and researcher within the Department of Music at City, teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. He has also taught on the Academic Practice programme at Goldsmiths.

He is an Early Career Research Fellow of the Institute of Musical Research (2016-17), and a member of both the national committee of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the ethnomusicology committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Academic qualifications:

PhD Music: City, University of London, 2016

MA Music (Ethnomusicology): Goldsmiths, University of London, 2011

BA Music Production: Leeds College of Music, 2007​


Journal Articles:

‘Music, Identity and the Construction of Contemporary Algerian-London’. 2018 (forthcoming). Musicology Research (Special Issue on ‘Geography, Music, Space).

‘”We are all Algerian here”: Music, Community and Citizenship in Algerian London’. 2017. Sounding Board: Ethnomusicology Review.

‘”In our culture poets have more power than politicians”: The lives, deaths and legacies and Lounès Matoub and Cheb Hasni’. 2015. Journal@IASPM (The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music), 5(2): pp. 41-57


Review article: ‘World Music Studies’ (Regine Allgayer-Kaufmann, ed.). 2017 (forthcoming). The World of Music (New Series).

Review article: ‘This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honour of Bruno Nettl’ (Victoria Lindsay Levine and Philip V. Bohlman, eds.), Ethnomusicology Forum, 25(3): 380-383


The Prince Zal Iranian Music Project (2013)

Sahara Nights [Studio Live] (2012)

New Beginnings (2011)


‘A Taste of Algerian Music’. History Today Magazine, July 2012.

Professional Activities

  • Institute of Musical Research Early Career Fellow (2016-17)
  • British Forum for Ethnomusicology Committee Member (2016-current)
  • Royal Anthropological Institute Ethnomusicology Committee Member (2013-current)