Miss Solene Heinzl

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Solène Heinzl completed an ethnomusicology PhD funded by TECHNE (AHRC Doctoral Training Parthnership). She was supervised by Professor Anna Morcom and Dr Derrick Chong. 

Her thesis explores the planning, development and ageing of the French new town of Cergy-Pontoise and its residents (1965-present) through the lens of local music-making. She observes the way top-down planning and bottom-up musical initiatives shape and reshape the new town through changing socio-economic and political circumstances.

Research interests



New Towns




Educational background

2011 - 2014: BA (Hons.) Commercial Music - Westminster University (dissertation tutor: Dr Chris Kennett), Scholarship and Achievement prize awarded. Result: 1:1

2014-2015: MA Ethnomusicology - City University of London (dissertation tutor: Dr Laudan Nooshin)  Scholarship and Department prize awarded. Result: Distinction

2016-2021: PhD Ethnomusicology - Royal Holloway University of London (co-supervised by Professor Anna Morcom and Dr Derrick Chong) - Funded by TECHNE (UK AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership)


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