Professor Daniel Grimley

Head of Humanities

Professor Daniel M. Grimley is the Head of Humanities at the University of Oxford and Douglas Algar tutorial fellow at Merton College, having taught previously at the University of Surrey and Nottingham.

His research concerns music, landscape, and cultural geography, especially in Scandinavia (Grieg, Sibelius, Carl Nielsen) and England (Elgar, Delius, and Vaughan Williams). He is interested in the ways in which certain landscapes shape our responses to music and sound, and the extent to which our sense of landscape and environment responds to musical or acoustic signals.

He has published four monographs, most recently Delius and the Sound of Place (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Sibelius: Life, Music, Silence (Reaktion, 2021), and has edited four further volumes. In 2011, he was Scholar-in-Residence at the Bard Festival, Sibelius and his World, and he has led a Leverhulme International Research Network, ‘Hearing Landscape Critically’, featuring conferences in South Africa and the USA.