School of Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Dr Ronald Reid-Edwards

Ron Reid-Edwards

Lecturer in Mathematics

School of Mathematics & Physical Sciences

  • Profile
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publications


Ron studied Physics at the University of Oxford before moving to the University of Cambridge to study for a Masters degree. He received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from Queen Mary, University of London in 2006. After postdoctoral work at Imperial College, the University of Hamburg and City University London, he returned to Oxford in 2009 to work at the Mathematical Institute as a postdoc and then as a Stipendiary Lecturer. From 2011 to 2013 he was also a tutor in mathematics at Merton College and St. Peter's College in Oxford University. In 2013 Ron was appointed as a Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Hull.


Teaching activities 

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Classical and Quantum Mechanics


Research theme: String Theory and Quantum Field Theory
Research group: E. A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics  

My main interests lie in trying to understand how current descriptions of space-time need to be modified to be compatible with Quantum Theory. Most of my work involves attempts to extract clues as to the quantum nature of space-time from String Theory, M-Theory and Supergravity.

String Theory is a unified perturbative description of quantum space-time and matter that, though lacking experimental evidence, is a concrete realisation of quantum theory and gravity working together consistently. Much of my research is motivated by trying to understand what the non-perturbative theory that underlies String Theory might be. Of particular interest are the related questions of what the symmetries and geometric structure of this theory are. Supergravity is a classical, low energy limit of String Theory and M-Theory and, when thought about in the right context, often provides useful clues to hidden symmetries and geometric structures in the aforementioned theories. Particular instances of this are U-duality, generalised geometry and non-geometric backgrounds.

I have also been known to use (and get very excited by) Twistor methods, particularly when applied to problems in Quantum Field Theory. I am currently investigating the role models from statistical physics can play in describing novel quantum theories. More details of my research interests may be found in the publication list or by contacting me directly.


  • The supersymmetric Penrose transform in six dimensions, L. J. Mason and R. A. Reid-Edwards,  arXiv:1212.6173
  • On Closed Twistor String Theory,  R. A. Reid-Edwards,  arXiv:1212.6047
  • Conformal Field Theories in Six-Dimensional Twistor Space, L. J. Mason, R. A. Reid-Edwards and A. Taghavi-Chabert. J.Geom.Phys. 62 (2012) 2353-2375, arXiv:1011.0216
  • On Type IIA geometries dual to N=2 SCFTs, R. A. Reid-Edwards and B. Stefanski, Jr. Nucl.Phys. B849 (2011) 549-572 , arXiv:1011.0216
  • Bi-algebras, generalised geometry and T-duality. R. A. Reid-Edwards. arXiv:1001.2479
  • Flux compactifications, twisted tori and doubled geometry. R. A. Reid-Edwards. JHEP 0906 (2009) 085. arXiv: 0904.0380
  • Non-geometric backgrounds, doubled geometry and generalised T-duality. C. M. Hull and R. A. Reid-Edwards. JHEP 0909 (2009) 014. arXix:0902.4032
  • N=4 gauged supergravity from duality-twist compactifications of string theory. R. A. Reid-Edwards and B. Spanjaard. JHEP 0812 (2008) 052. arXiv:0810.4699
  • D-branes and doubled geometry. C. Albertsson, T. Kimura and R. A. Reid-Edwards. JHEP 0904 (2009) 113. arXiv:0806.1783
  • Gauge symmetry, T-duality and doubled geometry. C. M. Hull and R. A. Reid-Edwards. JHEP 0808 (2008) 043. arXiv:0711.4818
  • Geometric and non-geometric compactifications of IIB supergravity. R. A. Reid-Edwards. JHEP 0812 (2008) 043. hep-th/0610263
  • World-sheet boundary conditions in Poisson-Lie T-duality. C. Albertsson and R. A. Reid-Edwards. JHEP 0703 (2007) 004. hep-th/0606024
  • Flux compactifications of M-theory on twisted tori. C. M. Hull and R. A. Reid-Edwards. JHEP 0610 (2006) 086. hep-th/0603094
  • Flux compactifications of string theory on twisted tori. C. M. Hull and R. A. Reid-Edwards. Fortsch.Phys. 57 (2009) 862-894. hep-th/0503114
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