University of Hertfordshire

Dr Sugata Kaviraj


Sugata Kaviraj

Dr Sugata Kaviraj


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Research interests

  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Galaxy formation models
  • Extra-galactic globular clusters
  • Black hole – galaxy co-evolution
  • Impact of supernova and AGN feedback on the inter-stellar medium
  • Citizen science

Teaching specialisms

Dr Kaviraj’s teaching experience (including his time at Oxford and Imperial College London) have included first-year undergraduate mathematics and physics, third and fourth year astrophysics (cosmology, stellar evolution, high-energy astrophysics) and post-graduate lectures in astrophysics.

Commercial and public engagement

Galaxy Zoo (

GalaxyZoo is the largest citizen-science astronomy project to date, which is using 600,000+ members of the general public to collect detailed visually classified morphologies of over 1.3 million galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the existing Hubble Space Telescope archives. I lead several science themes in this project (e.g. mergers, dusty galaxies, high-redshift spheroids).


Creative Futures Initiative, Imperial College London (2009 - 2012)

Talks and workshops with pupils from inner city secondary schools in London to further public understanding of science and encourage pupils from under-represented backgrounds to consider science as a career.