Christina Ballico

Lelia Green, Cat Hope
Edith Cowan University

Holding a BComm (Hons) degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Christina has a strong background in the music and media industries, with experience in the areas of: commercial television production; community radio; event ticketing; media intelligence; music and lifestyle journalism and; music retail. Her research is primarily in the field of sociomusicology, with a strong focus on the relationship between music and place and examines aspects such as popular music culture and policy; creative and cultural mapping; and creative and cultural capital.


Thesis Title: 
Bury me deep in isolation: An ethnomethodological study into a peripheral music industry

‘Bury me deep in isolation’ studies a 12 year period in the Perth music industry. Using the time frame of 1998 – 2009, this research explores the success of many of Perth’s (and arguably Australia’s) most popular bands. Framed as a case study and consisting of qualitative research interviews with musicians and key industry figures, this study reflects on the success of the local music industry to explore how and why that success occurred, as well as its implications for the local industry. The study stems from a creative capital theoretical framework and explores themes of: isolation, community, core-periphery and place/ space.