Robert Brignall

Senior Lecturer in Combinatorics


I am a Senior Lecturer in Combinatorics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The Open University. My research interests primarily focus on the study of infinite antichains, well-quasi-ordering, permutation patterns, and the interplay between permutation patterns and similar concepts in graph theory. You may read more about my research, view my list of publications or my list of talks.

I am the school's Research Director, and I also organise our Seminar Series.

Previously, I was a research fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Bristol, and before that I was a PhD student in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews.

In the past, I organised the Bristol Combinatorics Seminar, I was on the organising committees for Techniques and Problems in Graph Theory, Permutation Patterns 2010 and Permutation Patterns 2011, and I chaired the local organising committee for Permutation Patterns 2015.

Beyond mathematics, I occasionally sing.