Deputy Director at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Professor of Creative and Performing Arts, Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne
Jane Davidson is Deputy Director, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Associate Dean Engagement and Partnerships, and Professor of Creative and Performing Arts at the Faculty of VCA & MCM, The University of Melbourne. Her research interests are broadly in the areas of social psychology of music and performance studies. Specific projects include: music and conciliation; emotion, expression and wellbeing through performance; vocal studies and musical development. She has an extensive publication record with research grants in both Australia and overseas and a long experience of supervising higher degrees as well as mentoring postdoctoral research fellows. She was Editor of Psychology of Music (1997-2001), Vice-President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (2003-2006), and President of the Musicological Society of Australia (2010 and 2011). She was a member of the Research Evaluation Committee for the Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) in 2009 and 2012. She has worked as an opera singer and music theatre director, and was coordinator of vocal studies at UWA over an eight-year period.