Toby is the Gianturco Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford, and a Knowledge Exchange Fellow in the Faculty of Music. His research looks at the relationship between philosophy and creativity, exploring the ways in which creative expression helps to explain our experience of the world around us.
Current research projects include Modern Beauty, which looks at existing notions of beauty in the context of contemporary art and music, and Transforming the Operatic Voice, which explores the relationship between singing styles in popular music and opera. He is also an affiliate researcher for the Wellcome Trust-funded Life of Breath project at the University of Bristol, and co-director of the Oxford University Centre for Creative Research.
Toby’s doctoral thesis, entitled The Artistic Self, was completed at New College, University of Oxford in 2015. It looks at how philosophical notions of selfhood and identity relate to creative expression. He is currently turning this into a monograph for Routledge.
Toby has given numerous public talks and lectures, including a TEDx talk, a series of three radio programmes on ‘Artistic Knowledge’ for Resonance FM, a talk on the creative process for Saïd Business School, and an upcoming lecture on beauty and taste for Gresham College.