Gillian Howell is a musician, educator, and researcher. She is a PhD candidate at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where her research investigates participatory music initiatives in conflict-affected settings, with earlier studies in refugee children’s perceptions of music participation, and cross-cultural music leadership. She lectures in Community Music Leadership at Melbourne Polytechnic. Gillian has a diverse practice as a devisor and leader of participatory music events, with frequent invitations to work with orchestras, festivals, and arts organisations throughout Australia, and extended residencies as an arts facilitator in multiple post-conflict and developing countries. She is the former Creative Director of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s award-winning Community Engagement program.