Note: I have moved to the University of Bristol. New webpage here.






John Mackay

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Mathematical Institute,
University of Oxford,
24-29 St Giles',
OX1 3LB,
Office: SGS13 Mathematical Institute
Email: John.Mackay at

Pentland hills

Only a few minutes walk from Edinburgh into the Pentland hills...

(Follow the link and zoom in for a change of perspective.)


I am interested in many things geometric; in particular, analysis on metric spaces, geometric group theory, hyperbolic groups ...

Papers and preprints

  • Existence of quasi-arcs, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 136 (2008), no. 11, 3975--3981. arxiv:0708.0824 pdf journal version
  • Spaces with conformal dimension greater than one, Duke Math. J. Volume 153, Number 2 (2010), 211-227. arxiv:0711.0417 pdf journal version
  • Conformal dimension: theory and application, with J.T. Tyson, University Lecture Series, AMS 2010. More information.
  • Assouad dimension of self-affine carpets, Conform. Geom. Dyn. 15 (2011), 177-187. arxiv:1003.0930 pdf journal version.
    • You can draw your own self-affine (Bedford-McMullen) carpets here.
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  • Conformal dimension and random groups, Geom. Funct. Anal. Volume 22, Number 1 (2012), 213-239. arxiv:1011.3167 pdf journal version
  • Differentiable structures on metric measure spaces: A Primer, with B. Kleiner, preprint. arxiv:1108.1324 pdf
  • Quasi-hyperbolic planes in relatively hyperbolic groups, with A. Sisto, preprint. arxiv:1111.2499 pdf
  • Modulus and Poincaré inequalities on non-self-similar Sierpinski carpets, with J. T. Tyson and K. Wildrick, Geom. Funct. Anal., to appear. arxiv:1201.3548 pdf
  • Embedding relatively hyperbolic groups in products of trees, with A. Sisto, Alg. Geom. Top, to appear. arxiv:1207.3008 pdf
  • Quasi-circles through prescribed points, Indiana U. Math. J., to appear. arxiv:1210.5119 pdf

Expository notes (not for publication)


At the University of Oxford, I am primarily working with Cornelia Drutu and other members in the topology group.

Before coming here, I was a J.L.Doob research assistant professor at the University of Illinois from 2008 until the end of 2010.

I was a graduate student at the University of Michigan (2003-2008), where I worked with Bruce Kleiner. I also spent most of 2006-8 visiting the mathematics department at Yale.

Before that, I was an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh.