Dr Maria Joao Rodrigues de Araujo

She is a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Music from the University of Oxford, Christ Church College. She holds a Bachelor of Music (BMus Hons) from the University of London (King’s College London and Royal Academy of Music), and a ‘Licenciatura’ Degree (a four year undergraduate degree) in Music Sciences from the University Nova of Lisbon, having spent one year as Erasmus student in Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Previous appointments include: Royal Opera House Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford; Fellow of Christ Church; Member of the Steering Committee of RESEO  - The European Network for Music, Opera and Dance Education in Brussels; Rapporteur for the European Commission, Directorate for Education and Culture; and Director of Education and Research at Casa da Música in Oporto, where she was responsible for Research, Education, Publications, Exhibitions, Music Technologies and Archives, overseeing around 2000 events per year.

Besides, she also undertakes humanitarian work as a volunteer:  she is the International President of ANDI New Dialogue Organization, an international NGO, that promotes social values and human rights, specially through the arts, and helps children in need worldwide and she is a Dame of the Order of Malta - The Sovereign and Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta – that carries out humanitarian, social and medical work in 120 countries.

Currently, she is leading Portugal-UK 650, an initiative that includes research, performance and education activities, and marks the 650th anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance. Portugal-UK 650 is under the Patronage of His Majesty King Charles III and His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic.

Anglo-Portuguese cultural history; arts education; creative learning and participation; character education through the arts; Wagner studies.