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Durham researchers named among world’s best


Durham University is celebrating after five academics were named among the world’s best for the quality and influence of their research.

The Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list from the Web of Science Group also puts Durham number one in the UK, third in Europe and joint fifth in the world for the strength of its research in Space Science.

The highly cited list identifies scientists and social scientists who have published multiple research papers ranking in the top one per cent by citations for their field.

This demonstrates the significant influence Durham’s researchers have among fellow academics worldwide who have cited the University’s research in their own studies.

The Durham researchers listed are:

  • Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC), who is 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 Adrian Jenkins, ICC, a leading expert on cosmological simulations and the nature of dark matter;
  • Professor Tom Theuns, ICC, a recognised expert on cosmological simulations of the formation of galaxies and large structures in the universe;
  • Professor Harriet Bulkeley, Department of Geography, who co-ordinates the European NATURVATION project and is a member of the REINVENT project investigating climate solutions and decarbonisation in urban areas and industry.
  • Professor Yaoling Niu, Department of Earth Sciences, a leading expert on the geology of rocks and the conditions under which they form, as well as the chemical make-up of the Earth and its rocks and minerals.

Professor Colin Bain, Vice-Provost (Research), at Durham University, said: “Durham is one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities.

“Our research is helping us to unravel the mysteries of the universe, understand more about how our own planet works and is tackling important global issues like climate change, while our students benefit from being taught by world leaders in their fields.

“This is underlined by the performance of our researchers in the Highly Cited Researchers list and I congratulate them all on this achievement and the superb contribution their research is making in the fields of science and social sciences.”

The Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list is based on data and analysis put together by experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information said: “The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge. These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.”