Dave Hook

dave hook

Dr Dave Hook

Associate Professor


Dave Hook is an Associate Professor in the Music subject group.

A rapper, poet, songwriter and music producer, his research is concerned with music, identity and society, with a focus on rap lyricism and hip-hop culture through creative practice. His work concerns how the local, global and individual intersect, considering Scottish culture, creative practice, and new remixes and hybrids of cultural interpretation. His is also interested in autoethnography and artist-led research.

Recent publications include the ra/p/aper: ‘Kids rock Akademiks but they’re not academic’: hip-hop, academia and the liminal spaces between (2022); ‘Scottish People Can’t Rap’: the local and global in Scottish hip-hop (2021); and Growing up in hip-hop: the expression of self in hyper-masculine cultures (2020).

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2012, he leads undergraduate modules in music production, research methods and creative practice. His postgraduate supervisions include hip-hop historiography, pedagogies and autoethnographic approaches to research.

Research Areas


Conference Organising Activity

  • Conference Organiser: EMEA Avid Learning Partner Summit 2017
  • Festival Organiser: Where Are They Now? Festival for Hull City of Culture 2017


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner - PhD - Michail Excharos (aka Stereo Mike), University of West London
  • External Examiner - PhD - Adam de Paor-Evans, University of Central Lancashire
  • External Examiner: BSc(Hons) Audio Technology, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • External Advisor: Periodic Programme Review for BA(Hons) Music, University of Salford
  • External Advisor for period course review: BSc Audio Engineering & Production, BA Music Production and BSc Game & Interactive Audio, Futureworks School of Media, Manchester


Fellowships and Awards

  • Shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year, 2021
  • Best Hip-Hop - Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2018
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


Invited Speaker

  • Guest lecture on hip-hop, creative practice and academia
  • Scottish Hip-Hop? Challenging, interpreting and remaking youth culture(s) - UCL, Centre for Global Youth
  • Challenging, interpreting and remaking youth culture(s) A short discussion about Scottish culture, hip-hop culture and the ways that local and global culture(s) interact.
  • Is Rakim the most influential poet of the 20th Century? - Push the Boat Out International Poetry Festival
  • A Scots Gaitherin – a Scots language event, hosted by Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland


Visiting Positions

  • Artist Residency 2020 - Cryptic art house
  • Writer in Residence: Edinburgh International Book Festival


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