NEWS ---I am looking for ** PhD students starting in 2018 ** to work on `Noncommutative geometry in 3d quantum gravity' or `The spin-orbit force in the Skyrme model' or `Synthetic topological gauge fields' - for details scroll down at Maxwell Graduate School . If you are interested in other PhD projects related to topological solitons or 3d gravity please contact me directly!

I am a Professor of Mathematics
in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University . The official homepage (not always up-to-date) is here.

My research area is mathematical physics, particularly geometric and solitonic models of matter and quantum gravity in three dimensions. For details have a look at my publications, and those of my current and past research students.

I am a founding member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group (EMPG) and the North British Mathematical Physics Seminars (NBMPS).

When not in Edinburgh I am often in South Africa, Ghana or Rwanda in connection with the African Institutes for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) there.