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School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Chris Clarkson


Head of AU | Reader in Cosmology

Telephone:  020 7882 7041
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 506


I am currently a Reader in Cosmology, a position I started in 2016. Before this, I was an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics where I retain an Adjunct position. I am also a visiting Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape, also in Cape Town. 


I currently teach Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, SPA5302


Research Interests:

My current main area of research is the large scale structure of the universe, which is about how galaxies cluster together on the largest scales we can observe in the universe. There is a huge effort worldwide to map the universe on the largest scales we can, and we can use the statistics of how galaxies cluster to find out about dark energy and dark matter, as well as how gravity behaves on these scales. It can also tell us about some of the processes that happened during the Big Bang when the first seeds of structure were imprinted on the curvature of the universe. 


An up-to-date list of my publications can be found here.




This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.

Project Title
Relativistic Cosmology in The Era of Large Scale Surveys