Originally from Blackburn, I graduated from the University of Manchester with an MMath in Mathematics. I carried out my PhD at the same university, wherein my thesis covered a range of research topics – in graph theory, cellular automata, Boolean networks, and the modelling of dynamics on networks, particularly via max-min-plus algebra.
As of early 2020, I am one of the Founding Faculty at the very exciting London Interdisciplinary School, a new university for a new world. Here, I am involved with all things Complexity Science. I also enjoy being a Lecturer of Applied Mathematics at Pembroke College, Oxford, teaching such topics as probability and calculus. I’ve benefitted greatly from conducting the majority of my research at the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute. I also spent a year as a lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. My research is varied and exciting, generally involving maths and data to better understand complex systems and human behaviour. I remain indebted to Peter Grindrod, who first introduced me to the mathematics of human behaviour at the University of Reading, where I started my postdoctoral research career.
Together with Andrew Irving, I am a co-founder of The Bees, an ambitious writing group aiming to promote the understanding and enjoyment of mathematical techniques. Andrew and I met as fellow PhD students at the University of Manchester, from where we graduated with doctorates in 2012.