School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Staff Profile

Dr Paul Bushby

Reader in Applied Mathematics, Director of Mathematics


Dr Paul Bushby is a Reader in Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University. His areas of expertise are astrophysical fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics and dynamo theory.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Director of Mathematics (Applied)


  • BA, Mathematics, University of Cambridge (1999)
  • MA, University of Cambridge (2003)
  • PhD, Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge (2003)

Previous Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge (2003 to 2007)


  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Member of the International Astronomical Union
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Research Interests

  • Astrophysical fluid dynamics 
  • Magnetohydrodynamics and dynamo theory
  • Solar magnetism

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Matthew Buckley (2009 - 2013)
  • Laura Cole (2011 - 2016)
  • Amit Seta (2014 - 2019)
  • Can Evirgen (2015 - 2019)
  • Alex Hindle (2016 - 2020)
  • Robert Cooper (Started 2017)
  • John Moss (Started 2019)

Postdoctoral Supervision

  • Benjamin Favier (2010-2011)
  • Luiz Felippe Santiago Rodrigues (2014-2016)
  • Irina Makarenko (2015-2019)
  • Natalia Gomez Perez (2017-2019)
  • Alex Hindle (2020-)

Research Grants

  • Leverhulme Trust Grant: "Dynamo action driven by magnetic buoyancy: A new module for solar magnetism" (2021-2024), RPG-2020-109, PI
  • Leverhulme Trust Grant: "Modelling inhomogeneous magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) in hot Jupiter atmospheres" (2017-2021), RPG-2017-035, CoI
  • Leverhulme Trust Grant: "Observations and models of turbulent flows: a topological approach" (2015-2019), RPG-2014-427, CoI
  • STFC Standard Grant: "Cosmic rays in the multi-phase interstellar medium with dynamo-generated magnetic fields" (2013-2015), ST/L005549/1, PI
  • STFC Consolidated Grant: "The Astrophysics Research Programme at Newcastle University" (2013-2016), ST/K001019/1, PI
  • Royal Society International Joint Project Grant: "The origin and observational signatures of cosmic magnetic fields" (2011-2013),  CoI
  • EPSRC First Grant: "Dynamos in rotating compressible convection" (2010-2011), EP/H006842/1, PI
  • STFC Standard Grant: "Short term visitors programme" (2008-2011), ST/F003080/1, CoI

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Undergraduate Teaching (2020/2021)

  • CEG1716 Geospatial Mathematics and Statistics (Semester 1, second half)
  • MAS1607 Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations (Semester 2, second half)
  • MMath project supervisor