e. breward@maths.ox.ac.uk p. (01865) 270505 f. (01865) 270515


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I am the Associate Director at the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (OCCAM) and co-Director-Elect of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling (InFoMM), both at the University of Oxford.

My current research includes the mathematical modelling of fluid mechanical, industrial and medical problems. Recent problems in these areas include tear film dynamics, organic photovoltaics, surfactant-driven flows and other thin-film flows. Discover more about these on my research page.

On this page, you will also find a complete list of publications, information about courses I am currently teaching and have taught in the past, as well as information about the Air Cadets, in which I am involved, and miscellaneous links.


I was an undergraduate and graduate student at St Anne's College, University of Oxford. My MSc thesis was on "The spreading of solder" and my DPhil thesis was on "The Mathematics of Foam". After my education, I spent two years in Sheffield working in the medical school making mathematical models for the growth of vascular tumours.

Since then, I have been at the University of Oxford in a variety of roles including MSc Coordinator, Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Research Facilitator and my current role as Associate Director of the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (OCCAM).

I currently hold a lecturership at Christ Church and previously held one at St. Anne's. I was Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (OCIAM) for three years. I am also the Panel Chairman for the Mathematical Methods Panel for Mathematical Institute, and was the REF Coordinator for Mathematical Sciences for REF2014.

Throughout my academic career, I have helped secure funding from a variety of sources – most notably the funding to start OCCAM from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and the funding for InFoMM, secured from EPSRC and 35 industrial partners.