Professor W. Luke Windsor

Professor W. Luke Windsor


I joined the School of Music in 1998. Prior to this, I completed my doctorate (on the perception and analysis of electroacoustic music at City University, held a postdoc position at the NICI  researching timing in performance, and coordinated the development of a postgraduate distance learning programme in music psychology at the University of Sheffield, where I also worked as a research assistant investigating the modelling of expressive timing and dynamics in performance.

My published research has focused on the perception and production of musical rhythm and metre, expressive and cooperative timing in musical performance, musical collaboration, the analysis and aesthetics of electroacoustic music, and ecological approaches to musical behaviour. I was appointed Pro-Dean for Student Education in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications in 2012, and was the first Deputy Dean of the new Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures between 2016–20. From September 2020 I am the Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College, leading the University of Leeds on issues relating to Postgraduate Research.


  • Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College

Research interests

My research is mainly concerned with how we listen to, perform and interpret music and the critical and empirical tools we use to study musical behaviour. Current and past collaborators include former colleagues in the Music, Mind, Machine team at the NICI, Karen Burland (University of Leeds) Eric Clarke (University of Sheffield), Nikki Dibben (University of Sheffield), Amandine Penel (University of Provence), Bruno Repp (Haskins Labs) and Sam Hayden.

Between 2002 and 2012 I was an associate editor of the journal Psychology of Music. My more recent work focuses on audiovisual perception (with Dave Ireland; in preparation); the application of ecological design theory to musical practice and instrument design (2017); music in detention and interrogation (forthcoming, 2018); musical interaction; music and dental anxiety; and the critical history of music psychology.

I am currently working with colleagues across the Worldwide Universities Network on a mixed methods study of the impacts of Covid-19 on postgraduate research supervision and mentoring.

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  • PhD (City)
  • MA (City)
  • BSc (City)
  • PGCLTHE (Leeds)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the HEA

Research groups and institutes

  • Music, Science and Technology

Current postgraduate researchers

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