Marc Lackenby

MA Oxf, PhD Camb


I teach pure mathematics in St Catherine’s and the Mathematical Institute.

About me

I studied mathematics at Cambridge as an undergraduate, a postgraduate and a research fellow. After a year at the University of California at Berkeley, I moved to Oxford in 1999 as a University Lecturer. I was promoted to Professor in 2006.

In 2003, I was awarded a Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society. I held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow from 2004 to 2009. In 2006, I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize. I received an Excellence in Teaching Award in the same year. In 2010, I was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians, which is one of the highest honours in mathematics.


My research interests lie in topology, geometry and group theory. My work focuses on 3-dimensional spaces, which are currently a very active area of research internationally. These have links to many different branches of mathematics, including non-Euclidean geometry and geometric group theory.

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Leathersellers' Fellow and Tutor in Pure Mathematics
Professor of Mathematics

Bill Fulford

MB BChir Camb, MA, DPhil Oxf, PhD Lond, FRCP, FRCPsych

About me

I studied medicine and psychology at Cambridge and in London before coming to Oxford as a Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry in 1977 where I also completed a DPhil in philosophy. In 1995 I set up the first academic research and teaching centre for philosophy and mental health at Warwick University although continuing as an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Oxford. Between 2005 and 2011 I was a Special Adviser for Values-based Practice (a practical off-shoot of the philosophy of psychiatry) in the Department of Health.

In 2012 I gave up my clinical licence but continue with research and teaching in philosophy and psychiatry and related areas of values-based practice. I also have a number of commercial interests.

Research and Publications

My particular research interest is in the applications of philosophical value theory to psychiatry and other areas of medicine (although I have worked also on a range of other topics in philosophy and psychiatry). My recent publications include, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, and Essential Values-based Practice. I am Founder Editor of the journal, Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, and of the book series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry.



Fellow by Special Election

Alain Goriely

Lic en Sci Phys, PhD Brussels, MA Oxf
Professor of Mathematical Modelling

Adrian Smith

BSc Keele, MA Oxf, MSc Wales, PhD Nott
Fellow and Tutor in Zoology
Associate Professor in Infectious Diseases

Andrew Bunker

MA, DPhil Oxf


I tutor a range of topics in physics for St. Catherine's students in the first three years of their degrees, including special relativity, cosmology and electromagnetism. For the Department of Physics, I give a short option lecture course on "Stars and Galaxies" to the second and third year, and I am Head of the Astrophysics Laboratory for the third year undergraduates (and previously was Head of Lab for first year optics).

About me

I joined St. Catherine's College in 2008 as a Fellow in Physics, and as a Reader in Astrophysics in the physics department. I moved from being Head of Astronomy at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, based in Sydney. I also previously held a Faculty position in physics at the University of Exeter, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge for 5 years, and at the University of California, Berkeley for 3 years. I did both my undergraduate degree and doctorate at Oxford. I am on the Instrument Science Team for the NIRSpec spectrograph on the James Webb Space Telescope (the successor to Hubble, to be launched around 2018), and I am an editor of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the main British journal for astronomy and astrophysics.


I am an astronomer, and my main interest is finding very distant galaxies. For this, I use the Hubble Space Telescope, and large telescopes on the ground (involving lots of trips to Hawaii and Chile).  The scientific goal is to explore the formation and evolution of galaxies - as light travels at a fast (but finite) rate, the Universe was a lot younger when the light we see now left these distant objects.  I study the astrophysics of how galaxies form, and when stars are born in the early Universe.

Graduate supervision

I have supervised a number of students in Oxford. Joseph Caruana (DPhil 2009-12) is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute in Potsdam, Germany, and Silvio Lorenzoni (DPhil 2009-12) has moved on to be a postdoctoral researcher in Lisbon, Portugal. I currently supervise the DPhil of Holly Elbert, who started in 2012. I have also previously supervised PhD students at Cambridge, Exeter and Hertfordshire. I am College Advisor to a number of physics graduate students at St. Catherine's College.


Fellow and Tutor in Physics
Professor of Astrophysics

Richard Bailey

BSc Leic, MA Oxf, MSc PhD RHUL


In College I tutor all aspects of the Physical Geography component of the undergraduate Geography course. In the School of Geography and the Environment I convene and teach 1st year statistics, 2nd year Earth System Dynamics and a final year option course on complex systems, and provide lectures to the Geographical Techniques 2nd year course and the Biodiversity Conservation and Management MSc.

About me

I moved to Oxford in 1998 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, from Royal Holloway (University of London). Between 1998 and 2005 I held various positions including a NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship at St John's College, and Stipendiary Lecturership at Catz. After an 18 month period as a Lecturer at Royal Holloway, I returned to Oxford to take up my present position in 2007.


I research the dynamics of natural environmental systems over a range of timescales, with a focus predominantly, although not exclusively, on Africa. I am Director of the Oxford Luminescence Dating Laboratory, where we study basic physical process of luminescence and apply optical dating methods in studying long term environmental change, earth surface processes and also some aspects of human evolution.  I have a strong interest in Complex Systems research, and this influences my groups' current efforts in developing quantitative models of landscape systems, for the purpose of assessing landscape/ecological resilience in sub-Saharan Africa .

Graduate supervision

I have formally supervised 10 DPhil students (six completed, four underway), on a variety of topics related to both basic/applied luminescence research and landscape dynamics. Current DPhil projects are focused on long-term records and drivers of environmental change in Southern Africa, modelling aeolian sediment dynamics and associated effects on plant mortality, parametrizing spatially-resolved moisture and nutrient dynamics in dryland ecosystems, and the development/assessment of 'safe and just operating limits' for South Africa.






Fellow and Tutor in Geography
Associate Professor in Geochronology

Duncan Robertson

BSc Imp, MA, DPhil Oxf, ARCS, CSci, CPhys, MInstP, FCA


I teach General Management and Strategic Management tutorials for the BA Economics & Management degree.

About me

I obtained my doctorate in strategic management at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and my undergraduate degree in physics at Imperial College, University of London. I am a chartered accountant, having worked for KPMG in London, Australia, and New Zealand, and have corporate finance and strategy experience within Barclays plc and KPMG Corporate Finance, having provided consultancy services for companies such as Unilever. I was appointed as a visiting scholar in the Management Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a visiting professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, People’s Republic of China.   I also hold positions at UEA and at Warwick.

I have been shortlisted for several Best Paper Prizes from the Strategic Management Society. I am the author of The Dynamics of Strategy published by Oxford University Press, and the founder of the travel website


My research centres on the dynamics of competitive strategy; competition in high-velocity and turbulent environments; dynamic capabilities; agent-based modeling of inter-firm competition; and the strategic management of network-based firms.


Fellow by Special Election in Management
Director of Studies for Management

Barrie E Juniper

MA, DPhil Oxf
Secretary for Alumni

Gaia Scerif

BSc St And, PhD Lond


I oversee tutorial teaching in Experimental Psychology for St. Catherine's students reading for Experimental Psychology, Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics, and Biomedical Sciences. I tutor students in my areas of specialty (developmental psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, attention) across all years and courses. In addition, I lecture Prelim students (1st Year undergraduates), Part 1 students (2nd Year undergraduates), Part 2 students (finalists) and MSc students in developmental psychology and the developmental cognitive neuroscience of attention and control. I supervise final year undergraduate students for their research projects and dissertations.

About me

I am originally from Milan, Italy, but after an International Baccalaureate at the United World College of Southern Africa (Swaziland), I decided not to settle for a while. I completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, spending a year as a visiting student at Queen’s University in Canada. I then read for a PhD in developmental cognitive neuroscience at the Institute of Child Health, University College London.

After a brief visiting fellowship (now developed into an ongoing collaboration) at the Sackler Institute of Developmental Psychobiology, Cornell University and Weill Medical School (New York), I held a permanent appointment as a lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham. I have been based at St Catherine's since October 2006.


My research focuses on the processes underlying the development of attentional control and those underlying attentional difficulties, from their neural correlates to their outcomes on emerging cognitive abilities. Addressing these questions involves combining the study of typical attentional control with research on neurodevelopmental disorders of attention that affect molecular pathways and neural circuits involved in attentional control development:

(1) disorders with a well-defined genetic aetiology (e.g., fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, sex chromosomal trisomies); and

(2) complex behavioural syndromes of mixed aetiology (e.g., AD/HD). You can read more about my research group here.

Graduate supervision

I supervise DPhil students in attention, brain and cognitive development, and you can read more about our research themes here.  At the College level, I also mentor graduate students in Psychology and Biomedical sciences taught and research courses.

Fellow and Tutor in Psychology
Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


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