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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Durham Researchers Named Among World's Best

(6 December 2019)

Clockwise from top: Profs Harriet Bulkeley, Yaoling Niu,
Tom Theuns, Carlos Frenk & Adrian Jenkins

At Durham we've long had a global reputation for the high standard and impact of our research.

Now we're celebrating because five of our researchers have been named among the world's best for the quality and influence of their work.

The researchers are investigating the origins of the universe, nature-based answers to climate change, and the make-up of the Earth's crust.

They have been ranked in the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list from the Web of Science Group. The list identifies scientists and social scientists whose research work is in the world's top one per cent by citations in the Web of Science portal.

Significant Influence

This shows the significant influence Durham's researchers have among their fellow academics worldwide who have cited our research in their own studies.

Our five successful researchers are:

  • Professor Harriet Bulkeley who looks at the role nature plays in urban sustainability and how cities are experimenting with nature to address climate change
  • Professor Yaoling Niu, a leading expert on the structure of the Earth's crust, the geology of rocks and the conditions under which they form, and the chemical make-up of the Earth and its rocks and minerals
  • Professor Carlos Frenk, one of the world's foremost researchers behind the theory of cold dark matter, the foundation of the current view of galaxy formation and the cosmic large-scale structure
  • Professor Tom Theuns, a recognised expert on cosmological simulations of the formation of galaxies and large structures in the universe
  • Professor Adrian Jenkins, a leading expert on cosmological simulations and the nature of dark matter

Frontiers of Knowledge

Professors Frenk, Jenkins and Theuns' listing puts Durham first in the UK, third in Europe and joint fifth in the world for the strength of our research in Space Science.

Using supercomputers they create cosmological simulations of the universe to investigate galaxy formation and the properties of dark matter and dark energy.

Congratulating our academics, the organisers of the Highly Cited Researcher list said they were helping to "extend the frontiers of knowledge".

This helps create "gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure".

Find Out More

Learn more about research at Durham and our position in world rankings.