Dr Graham P. Smith

I am an observational cosmologist in the Astrophysics Group at the University of Birmingham. I am a Reader of Cosmology, Royal Society University Research Fellow, and am Director of the University of Birmingham Observatory.

As "an observer" I use state of the art telescopes to address the biggest open questions in modern physical science, including the nature of dark matter and dark energy, tesing gravity theory, the physics of galaxy clusters, and galaxy evolution. Details of my research are available from my publication list here. If you are a student and/or new to these topics, then you may find these review articles a useful introduction. If you are interested in studying for a PhD with me then click "Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology" on this page to find out more.

I am the creator and Principal Investigator of the Local Cluster Substructure Survey (LoCuSS), lead the Cluster Mass Measurement Working Group of the XXL survey, am a member of the Euclid Consortium, and lead the Cluster Physics Working Group within the UK consortium bidding to join LSST.

I teach the second year course "Observing the Universe", am responsible for the third year "Observatory Laboratory", and lead the "Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology" Group Study.

I am very grateful to my research group for inspiring my passion for public outreach! We have a great time bringing Astronomy in the City to the West Midlands public once a month in the darker months of the year. These events are supported by a community partnership between University of Birmingham Observatory, AstroSoc, Birmingham Astronomical Society, Knowle Astronomical Society, and Solihull School.