Dougie has over ten years’ experience working in the academic and third sectors researching the effects of culture on people and society. He has particular expertise in cultural participation and health and wellbeing, children and young people, music, and the development of cultural policy.
Dougie’s recent projects include an evaluation of the British Council’s Culture and Development programme, research on the effects of reading for The Reading Agency and a social impact study for WOMAD festivals. Before joining BOP Dougie was Research Manager for the National Foundation for Youth Music and has a PhD from Glasgow University exploring the links between musical engagement and health. Dougie has also designed and delivered training in social research methods and the social impact of culture, work he continues at BOP.
Douglas has experience of a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and previously taught social research methods at the University of Glasgow. He has an MA in Social Research and a PhD in Medical Sociology from the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Unit where he studied links between music and health across a 20-year longitudinal sample. His work on the social impact of culture has been published in a number of international journals and publications.
Douglas has a particular interest in the development of cultural identities, the impact of cultural participation on people and society, and the evolution of cultural policy and financing.