Centre for the Study of Higher Education


Tom is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of the MA and PGDip in Higher Education.  His research focuses on global disparities in access to opportunity and resources in higher education, and in the relationship between higher education, society, the individual and the state.  Tom is the academic development lead for the Council for At Risk Academics’ (Cara) Syria Programme, which supports Syrian academics in continuing their academic work in exile.  Tom previously worked as a musician and music teacher, and also conducts research in the field of music education.  

Tom is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has served as an external examiner or expert validator at University College London (UCL), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), The University of Chichester and KM Conservatory, Chennai.  

Tom’s background spans literature, music and education.  He is interested in exploring interdisciplinary synergies and keen to collaborate with like-minded colleagues from across the disciplinary spectrum. 

Contact Information


Room 1, Ground Floor, UELT Building

01227 82 6526

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Belluigi, D. and Parkinson, T. (2020). Building solidarity through comparative lived experiences of post/conflict: Reflections on two days of dialogue. Education and Conflict Review 2.
Abdullateef, S., Parkinson, T. and Sarmini, I. (2020). Cross Border Connected Learning in Northern Syria: An Agricultural Pilot Study. International Journal of Education Research (Open) [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedro.2020.100005.
Parkinson, T., McDonald, K. and Quinlan, K. (2019). Reconceptualizing Academic Development as Community Development: Lessons from Working with Syrian Academics in Exile. Higher Education [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-019-00404-5.
Parkinson, T., Zoubir, T., Abdullateef, S., Abedtalas, M., Alyamani, G., Al Ibrahim, Z., Al Husni, M., Alhaj Omar, F., Iboor, F., Allito, H., Jenkins, M., Rashwani, A., Sennou, A. and Shaban, F. (2018). 'We are still here': The stories of Syrian academics in exile. International Journal of Comparative Education and Development [Online] 20:132-147. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJCED-06-2018-0013.
Parkinson, T., Brewer, S., Camps, C., Turner, J., Jenkins, M., Whiteside, K. and Zoubir, T. (2018). Supporting Syrian Academics to be Agents for Change: The role of UK universities. Educational Developments [Online]. Available at: https://www.seda.ac.uk/educational-developments.
Parkinson, T. (2018). A Trialectic Framework for Large Group Processes in Educational Action Research: The Case of Academic Development for Syrian Academics in Exile. Educational Action Research [Online] 27:798-814. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2018.1532803.
Parkinson, T. (2017). 'Indiestanbul': counter-hegemonic music and third republicanism in Turkey. Popular Music [Online] 37:40-62. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261143017000563.
Parkinson, T. (2017). Dilemmas of purpose in higher popular music education: A critical portrait of an academic field. Journal of Popular Music Education [Online] 1:133-150. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1386/jpme.1.2.133_1.
Parkinson, T. (2016). Being punk in higher education: subcultural strategies for academic practice. Teaching in Higher Education [Online] 22:143-157. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2016.1226278.
Parkinson, T. and Smith, G. (2015). Towards an Epistemology of Authenticity in Higher Popular Music Education. Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education [Online] 14:93-127. Available at: http://act.maydaygroup.org/articles/ParkinsonSmith14_1.pdf.
Parkinson, T. (2014). Mastery, enjoyment, tradition and innovation: A reflective practice model for instrumental and vocal teachers. International Journal of Music Education [Online] 34:352-368. Available at: http://ijm.sagepub.com/content/34/3/352.full.pdf+html.
Book section
Dylan Smith, G., Dines, M. and Parkinson, T. (2017). Presenting Punk Pedagogies in Practice. In: Dylan Smith, G., Dines, M. and Parkinson, T. eds. Punk Pedagogies: Music, Culture and Learning. New York, USA: Routledge Taylor & Francis, pp. 1 -10. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Punk-Pedagogies-Music-Culture-and-Learning/Smith-Dines-Parkinson/p/book/9781138279889.
Parkinson, T. (2017). Teaching the Devil's Music: Some Intersections of Popular Music, Education and Morality in a Faith School Setting. In: Smith, G. D., Moir, Z., Brennan, M., Rambarran, S. and Kirkman, P. eds. The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education. New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 382-394. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Research-Companion-to-Popular-Music-Education/Smith-Moir-Brennan-Rambarran-Kirkman/p/book/9781472464989.
Parkinson, T. (2013). Canon (Re)formation in Popular Music Pedagogy. In: Stakelum, M. ed. Developing the Musician. Contemporary Perspectives on Teaching and Learning. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, pp. 155-170. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Developing-the-Musician-Contemporary-Perspectives-on-Teaching-and-Learning/Stakelum/p/book/9781409450177.
Parkinson, T., Hunter, M., Campanello, K., Dines, M. and Dylan Smith, G. (2015). Understanding Small Music Venues: A Report by the Music Venues Trust. UK Music. Available at: https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Files/Reports/Industry/Understanding-Small-Music-Venues.
Conference or workshop item
Parkinson, T. and Muslu Gardner, O. (2019). National Identity, Official Culture and Music Education in Turkey. In: 11th Research in Music Education (RIME) Conference. Available at: https://www.bathspalive.com/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=RiME2019&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=.
Abdullateef, S. and Parkinson, T. (2017). Securing Syria's academic knowledge and industrial future through participatory action research: a case study of agricultural engineering education. In: Higher Education Rising to the Challenge: Balancing Expectations of Students, Society and Stakeholders. Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Conference. Available at: https://www.srhe.ac.uk/conference2017/abstracts/0323.pdf.
Smith, G., Parkinson, T. and Dines, M. (2017). Punk pedagogies in practice (symposium session). In: 10th Research in Music Education Conference, Bath Spa University. Available at: https://www.bathspalive.com/ArticleMedia/Files/RIMEProgrammeApril2017.version%202.pdf.
Smith, G., Dines, M. and Parkinson, T. (2017). Perspectives on Punk Pedagogies. In: 10th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Available at: https://www.icmp.ac.uk/events/issme-2017.
Parkinson, T. and Smith, G. (2015). Hybrid Authenticities of Popular Music Education. In: 4th International Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Creativity and Changing Cultures, Guildhall School of Music and Drama. London: UK: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, pp. 180-181. Available at: https://rcconference.wordpress.com/.
Parkinson, T. (2014). Values of Higher Popular Music Education: Perspectives from the UK.
Edited book
Parkinson, T. (2017). Punk Pedagogies: Music, Culture and Learning. Parkinson, T., Smith, G. D. and Dines, M. eds. New York, USA: Routledge Taylor & Francis.
Parkinson, T. (2019). Banana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro-fool's Metal Punk Journeys in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia, Marco Ferrarese (2016). Journal of Popular Music Education [Online] 3:161-163. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1386/jpme.3.1.161_5.
Parkinson, T. and Muslu Gardner, O. (2019). Nation, Memory and Music Education in the Republic of Turkey. In: Wright, R., Schmidt, P., Johansen, G. and Kanellopoulos, P. eds. Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Music Education. New York, USA: Routledge Taylor & Francis.
Total publications in KAR: 24 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Tom’s research interests are higher education in conflict, post-conflict and refugee contexts, internationalisation of higher education and music education. He is currently nearing completion of a historical study of Turkish music education funded by the British Academy. ​

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Areas of doctoral supervision

  • Subculture and counterculture in higher education
  • Music education
  • Values in higher education
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • International higher education


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