Dr Tosca A.C. Lynch
If you have landed on this page, chances are that you know a bit about me already! But if not, here is a Very Short summary of my professional journey to date.
Born of an English father and Italian mother, I have 12+ years of experience in interdisciplinary research and education at the Universities of Oxford, St Andrews, Trento and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna.
After gaining a BMus in Classical Piano, a BA and an MPhil in Ancient Philosophy in Italy, I earned my PhD in at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Halliwell. From 2013 to 2015 I worked at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, and I have joined Jesus College, Oxford, as a Junior Research Fellow in October 2016, and the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, where I've subsequently been a Research Associate (2019–22). In 2019–20, I have also worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of Verona, and in 2022 I have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Since 2007, I have taught in a variety of English-medium settings in the UK, Austria and Italy, and have delivered over 30 research talks at international universities and research institutions in the UK, Europe, Brazil and Japan.
I have plenty of experience in making complex things happen and telling engaging stories in the process, harnessing the power of technology whenever appropriate. Since 2011, I have managed several international networks and organised over 10 collaborative events, including innovative educational programmes and interdisciplinary projects that make ancient cultures come alive for contemporary audiences.
I am a passionate advocate for purposeful and intelligent innovation in education, and have a long-standing interest in psychology. I am particularly interested in developing a new educational approach centred on Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence and literacy—skills that are proving to be increasingly vital for the functioning of 'Information Age' societies, especially with the advent of AI and the radical changes that lie ahead.
I'm also interested in exploring the role that distributed communities can play in current and future societies, creating open and diverse communities thanks to a principled and intentional use of technology.
In the future, I also hope to be able to work on the intersection between music and psychology—but one step at a time!