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Samuel Forbes

I am a MathSys PhD student interested in applying data analysis and mathematical modelling towards discovering and explaining relationships in macroeconomics. In particular I have been researching the wealth distribution through analysing UK data and applying agent based models to uncover potential factors underlying the distribution.

My supervisors are Dr Stefan Grosskinsky and Dr Alexander Karalis Isaac.

Email:, Office: B1.29


2017-2018: MSc in Mathematics for Real World Systems, University of Warwick

My MSc project focused on the inverse relationship between the mostly neglected 'velocity of money' and the increase in wealth inequality seen since the 1980s. The hypothesis was that increased wealth inequality lead to an increase in the proportion of money kept by wealthier people that did not contribute to GDP thus lowering the frequency of GDP related transactions as measured by velocity.

2014-2015: MSc in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic, University of Manchester

Completed my dissertation in the area of tropical mathematics. The name tropical is in honour of the Brazilian Imre Simon who was one of the founders of the field. The dissertation focused on relating results in linear algebra and convexity to tropical semimodules.

2010-2014: BSc Mathematics, University of York


-Jan. 2021 - speaker at the Ergodicity Conference 2021 organised by the London Mathematical Laboratory

-June 2020 - speaker at the Oxford summer school in economic networks

-Feb. 2019 - co-organised and speaker at MiR@W the Dynamics of Money



-Teaching assistant and marker for CS137 Discrete Mathematics and it's Applications 2

-Marker for CS260 Algorithms


-Teaching assistant and marker for CS137 Discrete Mathematics and it's Applications 2

Previous Experience:

2016-2017: Mathematics teaching experience in schools in Coventry and Birmingham.

2013: 2 month internship at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield involving a project in deep hole drilling and boring.

Non-Academic Interests:

I like playing many different sports. I played on badminton and basketball teams in school and university and enjoy Warwick sport rock up and play sessions.

Interested or do research in social science? Then join the mathematics in the social sciences research group!