Browser does not support script.

Staff Profile

Ryan Humphrey

PhD Researcher

Ryan is currently undertaking a PhD at York St John exploring the concepts of ownership, empowerment and transformation within community music. Before this, Ryan completed a masters by research that explored the impact that music-making had for looked after children at York St John. Outside of his university career Ryan also works for three art organisations (Sage Gateshead, ARC Centre Stockton  & The Northern School of Music) delivering music-making workshops ranging from early years sessions to sessions working with adults over 55-year of age. He has a passion for delivering workshops with children facing challenging circumstances and has led on several projects working with looked after children and children living with special educational needs.

  • School – School of the Arts


Thesis title: Exploring the concepts of Ownership, Empowerment and Transformation within community music

Ryan's research explores how the concepts of ownership, empowerment and transformation are being used and developed within community music discourse. Through the construction of a theoretical framework, this research aims to critique how these concepts are being used by facilitators, organisations and funders, specifically concerning projects working with marginalised and oppressed communities and provide insights into how these concepts may be manifesting within practice.


Humphrey, R (in press). Social Pedagogy, Music Making and Adopted Children. International Journal of Social Pedagogy. 

Humphrey, R (2019). Music making and the potential impact for a child in foster care. International Journal of Community Music, 12 (1), 13-25.

Higgins, L & Humphrey, R (2018). To articulate the findings of an investigation focused on the efficacy of a training initiative which sought a greater understanding music. Fusion: Looked after Children. SoundLincs Report.  

Cookie Settings