Stephen completed his AHRC-funded PhD at City, University of London with a thesis focusing upon Algerian music in contemporary London. He previously studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, Leeds College of Music and the University of Aberdeen. He was an Early Career Fellow of the Institute for Musical Research (2016-17) and was awarded the Mercers’ Prize at City in 2016 ‘for outstanding ability and contribution to the Department of Music’. He has taught at City and Goldsmiths, and held a Lectureship in the Department of Music at the University of Southampton in 2017-18. He has been a member of the national committee of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology since 2016, and has acted as the Honorary Secretary of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Ethnomusicology Committee since 2013. He is also a member of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement at Cambridge.