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Dr Lauren Istvandity

PhD Griff., BMusSt(Hon) Q'ld.Con.

  • Lecturer, Communication
  • School of Business and Creative Industries
Office location
Moreton Bay
Lauren Istvandity

Dr Lauren Istvandity is a leading scholar in music and heritage studies and is a passionate educator in the areas of communications, sociology, and cultural studies. Dr Istvandity works with communities and heritage institutions in a range of settings and is experienced in both practical and scholarly aspects of cultural heritage preservation, and community wellbeing. She also has a keen interest in the connection between autobiographical memory and music, which is showcased in her monograph: The Lifetime Soundtrack: Music and Autobiographical Memory (Equinox, 2019).

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)

Awards and Fellowships

  • Griffith University PVC Arts Education and Law Group Research Awards, 2020
  • John Oxley Library Fellowship, 2017
  • IASPM Australia/New Zealand Branch Publication Prize, 2017

Professional Social Media

Research grants and commissions

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Funding body and A$ Value



New Researcher Grant Griffith University / Trading Fours: Celebrating Queensland’s Jazz Memories

Dr Lauren Istvandity

Griffith University AEL Group


Recording newly commissioned jazz music inspired by the collected heritage of Queensland jazz

John Oxley Library Fellowship / Reminiscing about jazz in Queensland: Preserving pre-1980 oral histories for the Queensland Jazz Archive Collection

Dr Lauren Istvandity

State Library of Queensland


This project sought to increase the volume, quality, and accessibility of material housed by the Queensland Jazz Archive Collection through strategic engagement with jazz communities in Queensland

International Workshop Award / Remembering Popular Music’s Past

Dr Lauren Istvandity, A/Pro Sarah Baker

Griffith University AEL Group $6000


International and interstate guests convened for a 2 day symposia with a focus on the precarious nature of popular music heritage

Research areas

  • popular music heritage
  • community music archives
  • applied creative practice

Teaching areas

  • Communication

Lauren Istvandity's specialist areas of knowledge include communication, sociology, music, cultural studies, memory studies and heritage.

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