Welcome to The International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch


The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) is an international organisation established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of Popular Music. Founded in 1981, IASPM has grown into an international network of almost 600 members world-wide. The organisation’s activities include conferences, publications, and research projects designed to advance an understanding of Popular Music and the processes involved in its production and consumption. To build a large and diverse body of knowledge of Popular Music, IASPM is interprofessional and interdisciplinary. It welcomes as members anyone involved with Popular Music. To preserve its autonomy, the association remains independent of all commercial and governmental interests.

The executive committee of IASPM UK and Ireland:

Chair: Sarah Hill (Cardiff University)

Membership Secretary: Toby Young (University of Oxford)

Treasurer: Jan Herbst (University of Huddersfield)

Member At Large: Rupert Till (University of Huddersfield)

Postgraduate Representative: Alexander  de Lacey (Goldsmiths)

Early Career Representative: Alex Harden (Surrey University)

Ireland Representative: Caroline O’Sullivan (Dublin Institute of Technology)

External Relations: Beate Peter (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Communications Officer: Paul Long (Monash University)

Webmaster: Simon Barber (Birmingham City University)