Oli Wilson

Oli Wilson

Director Research Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts

Associate Professor Oli Wilson undertakes research on the music industry in recording and production, ethnomusicology and popular music studies. He was co-primary investigator on the Amplify Aotearoa Research Projects which partnered with APRA AMCOS NZ to report on gender equality in the Aotearoa New Zealand music industry. He has also undertaken extensive research on the recording industry in Papua New Guinea and has published on New Zealand and Australian popular music. He is the current co-editor of the journal Perfect Beat: The Asia Pacific Journal of Contemporary Music and Popular Culture. He also plays keyboards in the iconic New Zealand band The Chills and regularly performs in New Zealand and overseas.

  • Expertise

    Music industry, popular music studies, ethnomusicology, musicology, ethnographic research methods, recording and production research.

  • Recent research successes

    Music performance (keyboards), arrangement, production

  • Qualifications

    • MusB (Otago University)
    • PhD (Otago University) 
  • Professional affiliations or service roles

    • International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
    • International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM)
    • Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)
  • Supervision

    Oli has supervised a number of high-profile artists, including Jon Toogood (MFA) of Shihad and The Adults, Devin Abrams (MMus) of Drax Project (Producer), Pacific Heights, and formerly of Shapeshifter, and Wellington talent Estère Dalton (MCE). He is currently supervising two PhD students, Jesse Austin Stewart, who is researching music and democratisation through music technology design, and Anna Edgington who is researching gender inequality through creative recording projects.