The Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN) is made up of Australian and New Zealand scholars, performers and post-graduate students conducting research in the fields of jazz studies and jazz oriented improvisation.

The network is dedicated to facilitating the interdisciplinary study of jazz and improvisation in Australia and New Zealand through the presentation of an annual conference, the management of an email list dedicated to the promotion of Australian and New Zealand jazz and improvisation research and the administration of a mentoring program for those interested in producing traditional research outputs.

Expertise within the network ranges from historical/cultural studies of jazz to empirical work on improvisation to artistic research conducted through jazz compositional and improvisational practices.

Membership in the network is free. Those interested in joining should send an email to Associate Professor Robert Burke (robert.burke@monash.com) or use the Contact Form located here.


AJIRN Executive Committee

Robert Burke (convener) Associate Professor – Monash University, Co-ordinator of Jazz and Popular Music

Fiona Burnett (secretary) University of Melbourne

Christopher Coady  Lecturer in Musicology, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

Roger Dean  ProfessoraustraLYSIS, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University

Nick Haywood – Senior Lecturer UTAS

Bruce Johnson  Adjunct Professor, Communications, University of Technology Sydney,  Docent and Visiting Professor, Cultural History, University of Turku Finland,  Visiting Professor, Music, University of Glasgow Scotland

Robert Vincs – Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne