Anna Lisa Varri

Dr A. L. Varri

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow
Academic staff
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh (ROE)
Room U18

Anna Lisa is a member of the following School research institute:

Research interests

My research interests are in theoretical and mathematical astrophysics, with a focus on stellar dynamics

  • Dynamics of star clusters and galactic nuclei
  • Formation and evolution of low-mass stellar systems
  • Kinematic complexity in kinetic and fluid dynamical systems
  • Gravitational N-body problem, with analytical techniques and numerical simulations


I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where I have been based since 2012 — first as a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellow in the Applied and Computational Mathematics group of the School of Mathematics, then as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow and Associate at the Institute for Astronomy, within School of Physics and Astronomy. I am now jointly appointed to both Schools.

I have held international research fellowships in the United States and Japan, under the auspices of the US-Italy Fulbright Commission, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and The Royal Society. I received my education in Theoretical Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. My work on the dynamics of stellar systems has been recognised by the William Herschel and Royal Astronomical Societies with the 2019 Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship and by the International Astronomical Union with the 2012 Gruber Foundation Young Scientist Award.

Administrative roles

  • SoPA Equality and Diversity Committee - Member (IfA Representative)
  • Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics - Outreach Coordinator
  • Mathematics for Physics 1 (Core 1st-year course) - Co-Lecturer 
  • Theoretical Physics and Mathematical Physics MSc dissertation projects - Supervisor
  • Senior Honours and MPhys projects - Supervisor

Recent publications

  1. , , and , Astronomy and Astrophysics, 641
  2. , and , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 492, 4, p. 6019-6026
  3. , and , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 487, 4, p. 5535-5548
  4. , , , , and , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 487, 1, p. 711-728
  5. , , , and , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 487, 1, p. 147-160