Gillian Howell is a PhD candidate at Griffith University and adjunct lecturer in Community Music Leadership at Melbourne Polytechnic. Her research investigates community music in war-torn and post-conflict countries, among newly-arrived refugees in Australia, and intercultural community music leadership. She has worked as a music leader and researcher in post-conflict settings in Europe, South Asia, and South-East Asia, and in 2016 was awarded a prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship to research music and reconciliation partnerships in Sri Lanka and Norway. Gillian is also an award-winning musician and teaching artist, working with many of Australia’s leading symphony orchestras and arts organisations. She was the founding creative director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement Program, drawing the orchestra into challenging new community collaborations, and creating some of its most enduring community engagement programs. She serves on several national and international boards, including as a Commissioner of the Community Music Activity Commission of the International Society for Music Education, and Board member of Community Music Victoria.