Stuart Townley

Research Group

Associate Research Fellow - Chris Guiver

Stephanie Lloyd, Chris Coles (jointly with Dr Dave Hodgson), Dimas Gianuca (jointly with Dr Stephen Votier) and Kevin Hughes (jointly with Dr Peter Connor) - PhD students

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Professor Stuart Townley

Chair in Applied Mathematics 


I am particularly interested in dynamical systems and control: the study of things (mechanical, biological, electrical, etc.) which interact and evolve in time and can be predicted, managed and optimised. I've been the Chair in Applied Mathematics at the ESI since June 2011. I work closely with colleagues in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, as well as in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, to understand natural and man-made systems.

I am also a member of the Mathematics department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

You can find out more by watching a two-minute video of me explaining my work.

Research interests

  • Matrix algebra
  • Signal processing
  • Mathematical ecology and biology
  • Inter-disciplinary mathematics
  • Dynamical systems
  • Population ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Systems biology
  • Energy systems and control

Current projects


1987 PhD Engineering (University of Warwick)
1983 BSc Mathematics (University of Warwick)


2011 Chair in Applied Mathematics, University of Exeter
2003-2005 Head of Department in the School of Mathematics, University of Exeter
2003-2005 Associate Dean in the Postgraduate Faculty, University of Exeter
1999 Personal Chair, University of Exeter
1996 Reader, University of Exeter
1990 Lecturer, University of Exeter
1988-1990 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bath
1986-1988 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Warwick

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 1326 25 5743
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 1.39

University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE