Following the birth of my son I will be working reduced hours until August 2022. I will be in Manchester for the spring semesters of 2021 and 2022, where I will continue to teach Metric Spaces and Fractal Geometry, but will spend Autumn 2020 and Autumn 2021 working remotely from Helsinki and Thessaloniki. I will not be supervising any undergraduate projects for this time, and will be more selective about the refereeing work that I take on. Please feel free to get in touch by email as usual.
I'm a lecturer at the University of Manchester working in the dynamical systems group
. You can find our seminar webpage here
My main interests lie in applications of thermodynamic formalism to problems in fractal geometry and number theory, and in particular in the study of Bernoulli convolutions and self-affine sets.
Fringe interests include percolation and the graph reconstruction conjecture. My research is partially funded by EPSRC grant EP/T010835/1
Previously I was an EPSRC funded postdoc at the University of St Andrews working with Kenneth Falconer
problems relating to dynamics on self-affine sets. Before that I worked with Karma Dajani
University of Utrecht. The main focus of my research there was the ergodic theory of
dynamical systems relating to expansions of real numbers. In particular, I looked at
how properties of the random beta-transformation can be used in the discussion of absolute continuity of
I completed my PhD at the University of Warwick in March 2011 under the
supervision of Mark Pollicott
was on thermodynamic
formalism for symbolic dynamical systems.
I'm originally from Derby and have also lived in Coventry, Utrecht, Edinburgh, Helsinki and Manchester. I regularly take part in Parkrun
and am currently struggling to learn the Greek language. My wife Aspa
is currently a postdoc at the VATT institute, Helsinki.
Publications and Preprints:
Please see here
for my publications and preprints. Click here
my Google Scholar profile.
PhD and Postdoc Opportunities:
I'm keen to supervise PhD students, either as a sole supervisor or jointly with other members of the dynamical systems group. If you are thinking about doing a PhD at Manchester then please get in touch. The school has various sources of funding
including a number of fully funded EPSRC scholarships. Please drop me an email if you think you might be interested.
I'm also keen to supervise postdocs, please get in touch if you think you might like to work with me. As well as the usual national sources of funding that we might apply for, EPSRC funded PhD students could apply for the one year EPSRC Doctoral Prize
, and citizens of certain countries could apply to work for the Heilbronn Institute
at Manchester, supervised by me.
I currently have one PhD student, Alexandros Batsis. I supervised Demi Allen
for a one year Postdoc at Manchester.
I teach Metric Spaces and Fractal Geometry, both of which take place during the Spring semester. Full course information can be found on blackboard.
Outreach and Public Engagement:
I run Mathsbombe
, an online maths competition aimed primarily at students up to Year 13 (England and Wales), S6 (Scotland), Year 14 (Northern Ireland). You can find questions that I have written here
I also take part in Science X
and the Alan Turing Cryptography Day
Together with Xiong Jin
and Jon Fraser
I am organising a fractals conference at ICMS
Edinburgh from 14th to 19th June 2021. More information to follow shortly.
I have organised a couple of One-day ergodic theory meetings
Together with Charlene
I organised a series of one day
in the Netherlands on Ergodic theory. These were supported by grants from the NWO
and from the STAR
School of Mathematics
The University of Manchester
Office number 2.218
0044 161 3063683