DR Alex Crooke

DR Alex Crooke


  • Cultural studies (Music; policy analysis cultural industries; sub-cultures; arts culture; cultural policy)
  • Music and health (Music and wellbeing; psychosocial; music therapy; adolescent health; student health)



  • Dr Alexander Hew Dale Crooke holds a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne, in which he is investigating the sustainability of school-based arts projects. He has completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in the fields of music therapy and social policy. Dr Crooke also has an academic background in sociology, political science, and behavioural science. He has undertaken research on numerous projects spanning the fields of music therapy, social science, psychology, social services, epidemiology, community services, and policy development. With publications in a range of areas, his current focus is on the benefits and challenges of school-based arts programs, specialising in issues of sustainability, psychosocial wellbeing, and policy. Dr Crooke has a strong interest in multidisciplinary collaboration, and commitment to undertaking work which promotes social justice, community development, psychosocial wellbeing, as well as cultural recognition and diversity. Dr Crooke is open to collaboration in meaningful research, as well as social and artistic endeavours.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2015
  • BA(Hons), La Trobe University 2008
  • BSocSc, Australian Catholic University 2006

Awards and honors

  • Jean Martin Prize for Sociology: Awarded for best fourth year honours thesis based on empirical study of Australian society, La Trobe University, 2008



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Crooke is available for supervision, and open to research projects in a number of areas. These include music and health; arts in schools; arts and cultural policy; research methodology and evaluation; critical analysis; cultural studies (particularly contemporary music cultures); and social theory. He is committed to critical, qualitative and participatory research, yet has experience in a number of research approaches and methodologies (including quantitative analysis and scale design). Currently, Dr Crooke is supervising: Megen Steele: Jan 2015 - Ongoing The role of teachers in sustaining school-based arts programs: and ethnographic study