About

I am a mathematician with a wide range of experience of higher education in the United Kingdom. I am currently senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the Open University, the UK’s distance learning university.

My research expertise is in nonlinear dynamical systems with a particular focus on the properties of chaotic transitions, especially in quasiperiodically driven systems. I also have an interest in the application of mathematics in energy systems research, in the study of critical phenomena in financial markets, and in e-learning.

Born in Cambridge and raised also in Manchester and Lewes, I was an undergraduate at the University of Bristol before moving to the University of Warwick for my master’s and doctorate.

I have held postdoctoral positions at Queen Mary University of London, King’s College Cambridge and the University of Warwick, and academic faculty positions at the University of Exeter, the University of Stirling and the Open University. I was also Deputy Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge in the years 2008 – 2011.

“I was pleased to participate in the London March for Science as part of Earth Day 2017. It was heartening to see the many young scientists with their witty, apposite banners, some of them almost mathematical.”

If you would like to know more about my contribution in research, teaching and academic leadership & management, or would like to explore engaging my services as a consultant, please to get in touch by emailing ben@benmestel.com.