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Luke Murray Kearney

I am a first-year PhD student in the Mathematics for Real-World Systems CDT at the University of Warwick. My research interests lie in the field of Network Epidemiology. Currently, I am developing models to reconstruct social contact networks from real-world data for use in simulation of disease outbreaks.

Current Research:

Under the supervision of Dr. Emma DavisLink opens in a new window and Prof. Matt KeelingLink opens in a new window, we are developing algorithms to translate commonly collected egocentric survey data into complete contact networks. Egocentric survey data can be thought of as a snapshot of the connections a single individual makes in a day as part of a larger population. Using the information gained from these snapshots we can construct a representative network structure. Age provides a strong proxy for heterogeneity in the mixing of social networks and so we encorporate this in our model building approach. The resulting networks can then be used for simulation of disease outbreaks for any pathogens which spread through social interaction.


Age-specific representations of social contact networks using egocentric survey data
Evolving Predator-Prey Dynamics in Agent-Based Models of Collective Motion
How strong is the echo chamber? Examining the online discussion around the Irish Marriage Referendum


  • 2023-Present PhD Mathematics of Real-World Systems, University of Warwick
  • 2022-2023 MSc Mathematics of Real-World Systems, University of Warwick (Distinction)
  • 2018-2022 Bachelors of Mathematical Sciences, University of Limerick (First Class Honours)