PhD studentship: Travelling crime hotspots of urban crime

University of Surrey

Supervisor: Dr David Lloyd

Funding status: Competition Funded Project (Students Worldwide)

Project description: Urban crime data (for example burglaries) shows that crime is not homogeneous and in fact clusters in so-called “hotspots”. These hotspots often are seen to move in the data. Building on previous work e.g. .DJB Lloyd and O’Farrell, Physica D, 253 (2013), 23-39, this project will look at various crime-rate PDE models to investigate the existence & stability of travelling crime hotspots using a combination of nonlinear dynamical systems theory and numerical methods (Matlab). This project would be suitable for a student interested in Applied and Computational Mathematics and contains a mixture of modelling, analysis and numerical computation.

As a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics you will work as part of a vibrant and supportive community of early career researchers who exchange ideas and collaborate with each other and the mathematical community. You will be extensively trained for a career as a professional mathematician, which will set you on the right track for a future in academia, industry or government.

During your PhD you will also receive a comprehensive training in transferable skills such as project management, communication and time management through our Faculty Graduate School. In addition, you will broaden your mathematical horizons by taking courses via national networks such as the national MAGIC consortia as well as our own in-house MSc programme.

Applicants should have a minimum of a first class honours degree in mathematics, the physical sciences or engineering. Preferably applicants will hold a MMath, MPhys or MSc degree, though exceptional BSc students will be considered.

Funding notes: The Faculty has a number of fully funded PhD studentships for UK and EU nationals who can demonstrate the appropriate residency requirements. These studentships will include the tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. The Department has also a few scholarships for partial funding for overseas fees. However, funding for overseas students is limited and overseas students are encouraged to find suitable funding themselves.

References: DJB Lloyd and H O’Farrell, On localised hotspots of an urban crime model, Physica D, 253 (2013), 23-39.

Application enquiries: Dr Matt Turner

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