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Dr Chris Stevens


** Chris left the department in September 2021 **

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My research lies in the field of mathematical and computational relativity. I am particularly interested in:

  • Black holes and gravitational waves
  • Initial boundary value problems for Einstein’s field equations
  • Cauchy-characteristic matching and characteristic extraction
  • The conformal field equations and global properties of space-times
  • Conformal Cyclic Cosmology

I have multiple student projects available; if you are interested in doing a fourth-year project, MSc. or Ph.D. related to any of the above fields feel free to send me an email, or stop by my office to discuss the possibilities.

Research grants

  • (2018-2020) Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers, Cauchy characteristic matching, and other uses of the characteristic method in numerical relativity, 1.1 million ZAR over three years, NRF, South Africa.


  • (2020): Outstanding Research Group, Division of Science, University of Otago.
  • (2019): IOP Publishing Outstanding Reviewer Award, Classical and Quantum Gravity.
  • (2013): Aitken prize, New Zealand Mathematical Society.


  • 13th Sep. 2021 - Applied Mathematics Lecturer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Apr. 2020 - Sep. 2021 Marsden Grant Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Oct. 2018 - Mar. 2020 Applied Mathematics Lecturer, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Jan. 2018 - Sep. 2018 Claude Leon Postdoctoral Fellow, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Apr. 2017 - Dec. 2017 CoE Postdoctoral Fellow, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Jul. 2016 - Mar. 2017 Temporary Lecturer, University of Otago, New Zealand

Postgraduate students

  • 2019- Jonathan Hakata (MSc., submitted)
  • 2019 Sebenele Thwala (MSc., completed)
  • 2019 Sinakho Gobozi (honours, completed)