Dr. Gina Emerson studied musicology in Oxford and Berlin, with a focus on music sociology and psychology. She received her doctorate from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg in 2020, with a thesis on the audience experience of contemporary classical music. For this, she worked in collaboration with the Ulysses Network from 2016 to 2020, conducting audience surveys at a range of institutions across Europe, including IRCAM, the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music and the Ultima Festival. She is currently a Research Associate on the collaborative project 'Ein nachhaltiger Kulturauftrag für Musik - ein neuer Aspekt orchestraler Exzellenz', a joint initiative by the IASS Potsdam and the Kammerakademie Potsdam. She is supporting the orchestra in developing a social-ecological sustainability strategy, whilst also exploring how classical music can build sustainable relationships with a range of communities and the role it can play in the wider sustainability discourse. She has been a member of the Art-Science Cooperations for Sustainability research group at the IASS since January 2022. She is also active as a project manager and curator in the field of contemporary music.