Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Ellis Jones

PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant

Clothworkers' Building South, Room 2.17

Office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 12-1pm

MA, BA (Hons)

My PhD is on the impact of social media on “DIY” music. I’ve been here since October 2015, under the supervision of Professor David Hesmondhalgh and Dr Leslie Meier, supported by a full WRoCAH scholarship.


My background is in music; I did my BA in English and Music (Oxford Brookes 2008-11), and my MA was in Music, Culture, and Politics (Cardiff, 2012-13). I also play guitar and sing in a band called Trust Fund, who have released three albums to varying degrees of critical acclaim since 2015 (Pitchfork, NME, Rolling Stone), and have toured the UK and Europe several times. My PhD began as an extension of these interests, but has moved towards a critical examination of social media and digital culture, using DIY music as lens through which to consider the specific ways in which online platforms impact our lives. I still have a strong interest in popular music, and my essay on pop music and aspirational labour won the IASPM-UK Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize in 2016. Outside of academia I enjoy playing football, making a terrible Coronation Street podcast, and wishing I had more time to play video games.

Research Interests

  • Popular music and society
  • DIY culture
  • Music and new media
  • Critical social media studies


I’m currently a Teaching Assistant on COMM1960 Studying Media, and COMM2150 Music as Communication.

Research Projects & Grants

AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, awarded through the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (2014-17)

WRoCAH Knowledge Exchange Partnership grant to produce three “zines” based on PhD project (2014-17)

Winner of the IASPM-UK Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize (2016-17)

Professional Practice

Conference papers:

2017 “Pop music, self-governance, and aspirational labour” (invited contributor at IASPM UK postgraduate conference, University of Surrey)
2017 ‘Creating aspirational labour? “DIY” musicians and the neo-liberal freedoms of Facebook Pages’ (at MeCCSA 2017, University of Leeds)
2015 ‘“Cocaine Dreamers”: Subversive identity in Clipse’s “coke rap”’ (at Money Talks: Inequality and North American Identity, University of Nottingham)
2015 ‘Everyday participation and cultural value in DIY music’ (with Dr. Mark Taylor at Manchester Music Symposium, University of Manchester)

Journal publications:

2014 ‘The Slow Sublime and 9/11: Insecurity and Fear in William Basinski’s “The Disintegration Loops”’, Music and Politics 8(1).
2013 Book Review: ‘Loading the silence: Australian sound art in the post-digital age’, Context: Journal of Music Research 38.


2017 Winner of IASPM UK (International Association for Study of Popular Music) Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize for best postgraduate essay, awarded for submission entitled ‘“I do it for the love”: pop music and working for free’


Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize winner 2016-2017


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