Dr Craig Hamilton

Dr Craig Hamilton


I am currently working as a Data Fellowship Coach at Multiverse, helping to build an outstanding alternative to university and corporate training through professional apprenticeships. I work with individuals from a variety of organisations to help them develop and apply Data Analysis skills in their roles.

Prior to that I was a Research Fellow in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University. My research explored contemporary popular music reception practices and the role of digital, data and internet technologies on the business and cultural environments of music consumption. In the main this research was built around the development of The Harkive Project, an online, crowd-sourced method of generating data from music consumers about their everyday relationships with music and technology. I was also the co-Managing Editor of Riffs: Experimental Writing on Popular Music, a member of the PEC-funded Live Music Research team, and the Project Coordinator for the AHRC-funded Songwriting Studies Network.

Outside of work, I continue to build on my 20+ years of working in the business of popular music, working as digital catalogue manager for Static Caravan Recordings and as a musician and recording artist with Independent Country.

I live in Birmingham, England, with my wife and sons and two unruly dogs, and when not working I enjoy collecting records, following Aston Villa, coaching kids football, and developing skills related to data science.

This website pulls together all of my personal and professional interests and projects. The views represented here are my own.

If you would like to discuss potential projects or collaborations around popular music, technology and data analytics, drop me a line

  • Popular Music
  • Digital Humanities
  • Online Cultures
  • Data Science
  • Record Collecting
  • PhD Popular Music Studies, 2018

    Birmingham City University

  • MA Music Industries, 2013

    Birmingham City University

  • BA English Literature & Media and Cultural Studies, 1995

    Middelsex University


If you would like to discuss working together, or would just like to say hello, please feel free to drop me a line