Interdisciplinary research projects

Read about our applied mathematics research, from the modelling of black holes to understanding networks in refugee camps.

Current research projects

Each year a number of academic colleagues from across the Univesity join the IMI to work on interdisciplinary research projects.


Our cohort of IMI secondees are working on research projects which span the modelling of black holes to networks in refugee camps.

Project title Academic lead Department
Networks in refugee camps Professor David Coley Architecture & Civil Engineering
Development of a compartmental skin model to predict local bioavailability of actives in complex dermatological products Dr Begoña Delgado-Charro Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Transmission trees from biological data Dr Richard James Physics
Spatial and temporal impact assessment: Creating a dynamic life cycle assessment model Professor Marcelle McManus Mechanical Engineering
Modelling black hole accretion variability Dr Carolin Villforth Physics
The maths of life and death Dr Kit Yates Mathematical Sciences

'I am seeking to develop a mathematical model that can accurately determine the environmental impacts of products and services throughout their lifetime; both instantaneously and cumulatively, by using a life cycle assessment. I wouldn’t be able to do this work without IMI's help.'

Professor Marcelle McManus, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Contact us

Contact IMI Manager, Dr Caroline Ang, to discuss how IMI can support your research.