Sophie Raynor

Modular operads and the mathematics of complex networks

I am a mathematician and lecturer at James Cook University, Bebegu Yumba campus, working in the College of Arts, Society and Education (CASE), and the College of Science and Engineering. Before moving to JCU, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre of Australian Category Theory (CoACT), Macquarie University. My research is in the general area of operad theory, with a focus on modular operads and their foundations. My aim is to develop modular operadic techniques to improve our understanding of complex networks. I also have a lifelong interest in inclusive maths education.

I believe that (pure) mathematics can make a significant contribution in the search for enduring solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. As a working mathematician, it is my responsibility to critically examine my assumptions, practices and institutions, and work to highlight and dismantle barriers to opportunity for participation in mathematical enquiry.

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