Whether it’s exploring the numerical building blocks of the universe or understanding the behaviour of the digital world, Mathematics and Information Sciences is as diverse as it is pioneering.

Whether it’s exploring the numerical building blocks of the universe or understanding the behaviour of the digital world, Mathematics and Information Sciences is as diverse as it is pioneering. The department’s research encompasses Mathematics, with groups in Nonlinear Waves and Integrable Systems, Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), and Biomathematics, and Information Sciences, with groups in Digital consumers, behaviour and literacy, Scholarly communication and publishing, Digital libraries, archives and records, and Digital socio-technical design.

Prospective PhD students: Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD or MSc by research exist in all the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained from The Graduate School.

Visiting scholars: We welcome visiting academics - please contact Dr James McLaughlin for Mathematics and Professor Julie McLeod for Information Sciences

To access research outputs in this area and others, please visit Northumbria Research Link.

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The focus of the research is in mathematical, statistical and computational models of processes and events in biology, physiology and medicine.

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Dynamical Systems and Symmetries

The focus of the research is the time evolution of physical systems, both classical and quantum mechanical, and the symmetries underlying their dynamics and structures.

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Longitudinal and Event History Data Analysis

Longitudinal and event history data are analysed using random effects joint models using the R package joineR.

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Nonlinear Waves and Integrable Systems

Nonlinear phenomena appear everywhere in nature, from water waves to magnetic materials, from optics to weather forecasts. This group of researchers aim to understand the phenomena both from the theoretical and the applicative point of view.

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Solar MHD

Solar MHD at Northumbria University investigates Solar Physics using advanced mathematical techniques and cutting-edge computer simulations, including the use of high-performance computing.

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Digital Consumers, Behaviour and Literacy

Researchers investigate how people in different contexts, from libraries to social groups, professional groups to organisational communities, access and use knowledge and information.

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Digital Libraries, Archives and Records

Researchers explore the way digital information is used and managed. They investigate the people, processes and systems of managing information in digital environments where boundaries between personal and business information can sometimes become blurred.

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Digital Socio-technical Design

This research aims to improve digital systems design, adoption, acceptance, security and sustainability, and uses complexity theory to facilitate positive transformation for both individuals and organisations.

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Scholarly Communication and Publishing

Researchers examine the complex interplay of authors, publishers, libraries and readers. They study usage, the Google Generation, information sharing, e-textbooks, open access, social media, and trust and authority issues.

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WELLbeing, COMplexity & Enterprise (WELCOME)

WELCOME is a unique research and enterprise community. We aim to bring complexity thinking to understand and develop approaches for enhancing wellbeing at the individual and collective level.

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Learning and Teaching

Our work is based on educational research across the academic disciplines of architecture, built environment, computing, engineering, geography, information sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics.

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PhD students - Mathematics and Information Sciences

A list of our current and recent past PhD students in the Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences

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