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Carl Gombrich
Carl Asoka Gombrich

September 1965 (age 55)
OccupationAcademic Lead and Head of Teaching and Learning at LIS
Academic Director at UCL BASc (former)
Parent(s)Richard Gombrich (father)
RelativesErnst Gombrich (grandfather)

Carl Joachim Friedrich (grandfather)

Carl R. de Boor (uncle)
Academic background
EducationKing's College London

National Opera Studio

University of London
Academic work
Main interestsInterdisciplinary teaching, British Opera

Carl Gombrich is a British interdisciplinary educator, academic, former opera singer and co-founder of the London Interdisciplinary School.

Early life and education

Carl Gombrich was born in 1965, to Dorothea Amanda Friedrich and to renown British Indologist and scholar, Richard Gombrich. He is the grandson of Austrian-born art historian Ernst Gombrich.[1]

Gombrich has received a Master's degree in Theoretical and Mathematical physics from King's College London, as well as a Master's Degree in Philosophy from the University of London.[2]



From 2000 to 2001, Gombrich was the Royal Opera House Scholar at the National Opera Studio, where he sang bass.[3][4][5] He has performed in various operatic roles, such as Masetto in Don Giovanni with the Garsington Opera,[6] as Gianettino in Fiesque,[7] and as Macduff in Ernest Bloch's Macbeth at the University College Opera.[8][9][10][11]

Academic & Program director at University College London

Gombrich joined University College London (UCL) in 2002 as a lecturer. The following year, he became a Teaching Fellow in Physics. He then became Principal of the University Preparatory Certificates, directing UCL's international foundation courses, which aid students coming from abroad to gain the skills to study at UK universities.[12][13]

In 2010, Gombrich was appointed Programme Director of UCL Arts and Sciences, leading the design, development and implementation of the degree, which began accepting students in 2012.[12][2] This program was one of the first of its kind in the United Kingdom to offer a liberal arts degree.[14][15] He directed the program until 2019.[4]

He was a member of the British Academy Working Group on Interdisciplinarity, led by David Soskice, which in 2016 published a report titled 'Crossing paths: interdisciplinary institutions, careers, education and applications', alongside other notable academics such as Colette Fagan, Tom McLeish, Professor Georgina Born, Julia Black, Barry C. Smith and Graeme Reid.[12][16] Gombrich was also a core member of the NVAO accreditation panel for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges of the Netherlands.[12][2]

Gombrich is a regular speaker at events on interdisciplinary and liberals arts and sciences, both in the UK and abroad.[12][17][2]

Gombrich also writes academic papers on interdisciplinarity and the philosophy of education, as well as music.[4][18]

Foundation of the London Interdisciplinary School

In 2017, Gombrich founded the London Interdisciplinary School alongside Chris Persson and Ed Fidoe, where he is the Academic Lead and Head of Teaching and Learning. This university aims to provide students with an interdisciplinary, practical education.[12][19][20] It has already partnered with companies such as Virgin, the Metropolitan Police, Jacobs and McKinsey, which will offer students paid placements at London living wage. The university will offer a single degree, Interdisciplinary Problems and Methods, which will allow students to choose and connect subjects of interest, to help provide a multi-faceted view on global issues such as plastic pollution, ageing society, climate change, social media and technology, fast fashion and knife crime. Admissions for this university has opened.[21][22]


  • Expressions of Inexpressible Truths: Attempts at Descriptions of Mystical and Musical Experiences. The World of Music, 2008.
  • Polymathy, New Generalism, and the Future of Work: A Little Theory and Some Practice from UCL’s Arts and Sciences Degree. In book: Experiences in Liberal Arts and Science Education from America, Europe, and Asia, pp. 75–89, 2016.
  • What Sort of Interdisciplinary Research Can Undergraduates Do?. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 2016
  • Interdisciplinarity and the Student Voice In book: The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity (2nd Edition) ISBN 9780198733522, 2017
  • Integrating Sciences and Engineering in the Liberal Arts Curriculum In book: Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, pp. 1–6, 2017
  • The academic Caesar: university leadership is hard Comparative Education, 2017
  • Academic Blogging in The Digitally Agile Researcher University College London, 2017.
  • Gombrich, Carl and Navarro, Virginia and Blackmore, Isabelle and Blumberg, Jacopo and Cox, Emily and Hodges-Smikle, Graham and Lin, Jiaqi and Orr, Charles. Challenges of interdisciplinary courses containing research-based learning components: Ways to Connect Research and Teaching. In book: ISBN 9781787351127, pp. 270–274, 2018.
  • Implementing Interdisciplinary Curricula: Some Philosophical and Practical Remarks. European Review, 2018.

Academic appointments

Personal life

Gombrich is married and has two children. In interviews, he references his pastimes as singing, reading, and watching Arsenal.[13]


  1. ^ "Ernst Gombrich: Monica Bohm-Duchen & Carl and Leonie Gombrich". Jewish Book Week. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Carl Gombrich - Academic Lead, LIS". RSA - 21st Century Enlightenment. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Alumni, Carl Gombrich". National Opera Studio. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e "About". Carl Gombrich: Education, Interdisciplinarity, Expertise. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  5. ^ Just the Ticket. "Just the Ticket: May 16, 2014". Times Series. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  6. ^ Dunnett, Roderic. "Don Giovanni, Garsington House, Oxford". Independent. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  7. ^ Whitehouse, Richard. "Fiesque". Classical Source. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  8. ^ Whitehouse, Richard. "Bloch Macbeth". Classical Source. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  9. ^ Ronan, Mark. "Macbeth, by Ernest Bloch, University College Opera, March 2009". Mark Ronan. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  10. ^ Fenwick, Serena. "Bloch Macbeth". Musical Pointers. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  11. ^ Elleson, Ruth. "Bloch's Macbeth by UC Opera, London". Opera Today. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "Carl Gombrich". London Interdisciplinary School. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  13. ^ a b c "Spotlight on Carl Gombrich". UCL News. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  14. ^ "In Britain, a Return to the Idea of the Liberal Arts". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  15. ^ Guttenplan, Dd. "Returning to a Liberal Arts Tradition in Britain ; Some Universities Opting to Swap Focused Courses for a Broader Curriculum". International Herald Tribune. International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  16. ^ "British Academy launches interdisciplinarity report". The British Academy. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  17. ^ "The Education Debate". x+why. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Carl Gombrich". ResearchGate. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  19. ^ Hazell, Will. "The new university for polymaths which is planning to abolish traditional subjects". inews. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  20. ^ Coughlan, Sean (29 October 2020). "New college opening with degrees with no subjects". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  21. ^ Speare-Cole, Rebecca. "London Interdisciplinary School: Applications set to open for new revolutionary university tackling today's real world problems". Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  22. ^ Staufenberg, Jess. "You've set up a successful school. What next? Start a university, of course". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2020.

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