Dr Jonathan Ward

j.a.ward at Leeds.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5157

Current Position

I am a lecturer in the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds.

Research Interests

Collective human behaviour, dynamical phenomena, complex systems, networks and graph theory, applications of mathematics in social media, communication technology and transportation.



  1. Dynamic calibration of agent based models using data assimilation, J. A. Ward, A. J. Evans, N. S. Malleson, Royal Society Open Science, 3(4), 2016. [Journal] [Preprint]
  2. Inverse Network Sampling to Explore On-line Brand Allegiance, P. Grindrod, D. J. Higham, P. Laflin, A. Otley, J. A. Ward, European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 27(6), 2016. [Journal] [Preprint]
  3. Influence of Luddism on innovation diffusion, A. Mellor, M. Mobilia, S. Redner, A. M. Rucklidge, J. A. Ward, Physical Review E 92, 012806, 2015. [Journal] [ArXiv] [Preprint]
  4. Aperiodic dynamics in a deterministic adaptive network model of attitude formation in social groups, J. A. Ward, P. Grindrod, Physica D, 282, 27-33, 2014. [Journal] [ArXiv] [Preprint]
  5. Competition-induced criticality in a model of meme popularity, J.P. Gleeson, J.A. Ward, K.P. O'Sullivan, W.T. Lee, Physical Review Letters, 112, 048701, 2014. [Journal] [ArXiv] [Preprint]
  6. A new error measure for forecasts of household-level, high resolution electrical energy consumption, S. Haben, J.A. Ward, D.V. Greetham, P. Grindrod, C. Singleton, Int. J. Forecasting, 30(2), 2014. [Journal] [Preprint]
  7. Multi-stage complex contagions, S. Melnik, J.A. Ward, J.P. Gleeson, M.A. Porter, Chaos 23, 013124, 2013. [Journal] [ArXiv] [Preprint]
  8. Accuracy of mean-field theory for dynamics on real-world networks, J.P. Gleeson, S. Melnik, J.A. Ward, M.A. Porter, P.J. Mucha, Phys. Rev. E, 85(2), 026106, 2012. [Journal] [ArXiv] [Preprint]
  9. Acid polishing of lead glass, J.A. Ward, A.C. Fowler and S.B.G. O'Brien, Journal of Mathematics in Industry, 1(1), pp. 1, 2011. [Journal] [Preprint]
  10. Criteria for convective versus absolute string instability in car-following models, J.A. Ward, R.E. Wilson, Proc. R. Soc. A, 467(2132), pp. 2185-2208, 2011. [Journal] [Preprint]
  11. A simple model for multicomponent etching, A.C. Fowler, J.A. Ward, S.B.G. O'Brien, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 354(1), pp. 421-423, 2011. [Journal] [Preprint]
  12. Car-following models: fifty years of linear stability analysis - a mathematical perspective, R.E. Wilson, J.A. Ward, Transportation Planning and Technology, 34(1), pp. 3-18, 2011. [Journal] [Preprint]
  13. Multiscale analysis of a spatially heterogeneous traffic model, J.A. Ward, R.E. Wilson and P. Berg, Physica D, 236, pp. 1-12, 2007. [Journal] [Preprint]

Conference Proceedings

  1. Conversations on Twitter: Structure, Pace and Balance, Greetham, D. V., J. A. Ward, Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Dynamic Networks and Knowledge Discovery. CEUR Workshop Proceedings 2014.
  2. Asymptotic analysis of a multi-component wet chemical etching model, J.A. Ward, Progress in Industrial Mathematics at ECMI 2010, Springer.
  3. Instability in heterogeneous traffic, J.A. Ward, Proceedings of the Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics Committee, Summer Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Annecy, 2010.
  4. Wave selection problems in the presence of a bottleneck, J.A Ward, R.E. Wilson and P. Berg, Traffic and Granular Flow '05. Editors: A. Schadschneider, T. Pöschel, R. Kühne, M. Schreckenberg and D. Wolf, Springer-Verlag, 2007.

Other publications

PhD Thesis

Heterogeneity, lane-changing and instability in traffic. J.A. Ward. University of Bristol, 2008.

Further information about my publications can also be found on my Google Scholar profile.