Richard Davison


  • EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom


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My main area of research is the theoretical description of quantum many-body systems with strong interactions. I am interested both in fundamental aspects of these systems and their implications for quantum field theory, gravity and string theory, as well as in their application to the physics of strongly correlated materials. I have worked extensively on uncovering the principles that govern dynamics in these systems, both by developing phenomenological effective theories of transport and by using insights from holography (the AdS/CFT correspondence) and black hole physics.


I studied for my PhD under the supervision of Andrei Starinets at Oxford University, graduating in 2012. From 2012 to 2015 I was a postdoc at Leiden University, before becoming a Moore Fellow at Harvard University for the period 2015 to 2018. In 2018 I was awarded a 5-year Ernest Rutherford Fellowship by STFC, and I spent one year at Cambridge University before moving to Heriot-Watt as an Assistant Professor in 2019.


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