Dr Toby Young

Adjunct Fellow, Linacre College


Toby Young is an Adjunct Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford. His research focuses on popular music, with a particular interest in Electronic Dance Music and its ability to mediate complex social, musical and aesthetic spaces.

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 a lecture on beauty and taste for Gresham College. He regularly chairs panel discussions for venues such as the Barbican.


Email: toby.young@music.ox.ac.uk