Imperial College London

Dr Jessie Durk

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Associate in Physics Education







Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am a Research Associate in the Department of Physics in the field of Physics Education, where I work on the Strengthening Learning Communities project. Broadly, this projects aims to identify and alleviate any attainment gaps between student demographic groups in the department. My role is to perform quantitative analysis on the students' performance data to identify such gaps. I am also interested in students' physics identities and fostering a sense of belonging in the department, as well as assessment and teaching methods.

I joined Imperial in January 2021. Prior to this I was a postdoctoral researcher in physics education at the University of Cambridge, in the Cavendish Laboratory, and in secondary science education at King's College London, in the School of Education, Communication and Society. My undergraduate, master's, and doctoral backgrounds have been in theoretical physics. I was awarded my PhD in theoretical cosmology from Queen Mary University of London in 2019. 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Durk J, Davies A, Hughes R, et al., 2020, Impact of an active learning physics workshop on secondary school students' self-efficacy and ability, Physical Review Physics Education Research, Vol:16, ISSN:2469-9896

Bentivegna E, Clifton T, Durk J, et al., 2018, Black-hole lattices as cosmological models, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Vol:35, ISSN:0264-9381

Durk J, Clifton T, 2017, A quasi-static approach to structure formation in black hole universes, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, ISSN:1475-7516

Durk J, Clifton T, 2017, Exact initial data for black hole universes with a cosmological constant, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Vol:34, ISSN:0264-9381

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