Stephen studied at the University of Aberdeen, Leeds Conservatoire, and Goldsmiths, University of London, before completing his AHRC-funded PhD at City, University of London. He initially came up to Cambridge to take up a postdoctoral position within the Faculty of Music, before being appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, and Sound Studies from September 2022. He has previously taught at City, Goldsmiths, and the University of Southampton. He is Treasurer of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Honorary Secretary of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Ethnomusicology-Ethnochoreology Committee, and a member of the Virtual Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. He is also a member of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement at Cambridge.