We are seeking research participants – Ethno Research
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We are seeking research participants

We are seeking research participants

Ethno Research is a three-year project (2019-2021) investigating the impact Ethno has had since its inception 30 years ago. In order to answer our overarching questions (outlined below this call) we want to interview a wide range of people who have been engaged in activities connected to the Ethno-World. If you fit into any of the categories below, or feel you have something to share relating to these questions, we welcome your insights.

Our researchers are working in distinct teams to explore a number of different themes, and it may be that your experiences and insights are of interest to more than one team. With this in mind, please don’t be surprised if you are contacted more than once by us – we may have new questions to ask! You can let us know if you’d prefer not to be contacted again. Please take a look at the Ethno Research Privacy Statement to find out how we will look after your personal data.  

Who are we speaking to?

Currently, we are specifically seeking to interview people who:

  1. Are interested in issues of gender, consent, trauma and/or socio-cultural difference. A discrete part of the research will be looking at the above themes. If you feel you have something to say in relation to these themes, we would be keen to speak with you. We will be putting out a call for participants in June 2020 – get in touch before 31st July.
  2. Attended an Ethno camp between 1990 and 2010. If you attended a camp prior to 2010, our team exploring the history of Ethno and its impact on participants would be keen to speak with you. We will be arranging interviews with this group between now and November 2020, specifically targeting Artistic Leaders around August/September. Please get in touch as soon as you can if you fit this description.
  3. Speak Spanish or Portuguese as a first language. Our team exploring the history of Ethno would be keen to speak with you, too.
  4. Are an Ethno Organiser. As an organiser, you will have a unique insight into Ethno, and our researchers are very keen to speak with you. We are already in touch with most current organisers, so you can expect to hear from one or more of our team in the coming months, especially in June, July and October 2020, and in early 2021. Thank you for all you have done for the research already!

If you fall into one of the above categories and would be happy for a researcher to interview you via online video call, please send us an e-mail with brief details about your connection to Ethno. You will then be asked to complete an ethical consent form before arranging an interview.


Millie Raw Mackenzie, Ethno Research Project Coordinator

Further information

What is the purpose of our investigation?

The purpose of Ethno Research is to explore the hypothesis that Ethno music camps provide transformational sociocultural and musical significances for those that engage in its activities. Against a framework through which the phenomenon of Ethno-World can be historically and contemporary understood, three distinct lines of enquiry guide us: (1) pedagogy and professional development, (2) experience, and (3) reverberations. Seeking to inform those with responsibilities for Ethno-World and, more broadly, cultural policy decision makers, community development leaders, music educators, potential funding organisations, and aspiring musicians, Ethno Research will respond to three overarching questions: In what ways can the growth and development of Ethno-World be understood as an historical socio-cultural phenomenon? What are Ethno-World’s stated and unstated tenets and to what extent are these enacted in its activities? What is the nature and significance of the Ethno experience for participants and non-participants?


We would expect the interviews to be between 10-45 mins depending on available time. To ensure reliability we may ask you to check transcriptions of your interviews. This will involve reading it through to make sure the researcher has captured what you said accurately. We are currently arranging interviews via online video call.

Ethno Evaluation

We are aware that an evaluation of the Ethno programme has taken place over the past year, and that a number of people will have been contacted to answer questions about their experience of Ethno camps. We wish to clarify that this evaluation was not part of Ethno Research, the 3-year research project conducted by the ICCM (based at York St John University), of which this call for participants is a part. That evaluation was conducted by an external evaluator contracted by JM International, and is separate to the research. A list of our researchers is given below, so you can be sure you are being contacted by a member of our team.

Our research team

Catherine Birch
Dr. Dave Camlin
Ana Čorić
Professor Andrea Creech
Alex Crowton
Linus Ellström
Dr. Jo Gibson
Dr. Sarah-Jane Gibson
Professor Lee Higgins
Jason Li
Keegan Manson-Curry
Professor Roger Mantie
Helena Reis
Lisandra Roosioja
Dr. Laura Risk
Dr. Maria Varvarigou

Project Coordinator – Millie Raw Mackenzie
History Project Coordinator – Ryan Humphrey

Millie Raw Mackenzie
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