Professor Chris Good BA, MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Chris Good

School of Mathematics
Professor of Mathematics
Deputy Head of School

Contact details

School of Mathematics
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Chris Good is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of over 50 research articles in general topology, set-theoretic topology, topological dynamics and mathematical education.  He regularly collaborates with mathematicians around the world, including colleagues from Mexico, New Zealand, Poland and the US, as well as from Oxford, and has organised conferences in Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge.  Chris has worked with several postdoctoral fellows and supervised a number of graduate students.  If you are interested in working with him, he would be interested in hearing from you.

Chris has a long standing interest in teaching and was awarded the first Head of School’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  He played a leading role in the development of the School’s new curriculum, championing the introduction of problem based learning and core skills.

Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He has an Erdos number of 3 and an Erdos-Bacon number of 7.

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  • DPhil in Mathematics (Oxon) 1992
  • MA (Oxon) 1991
  • BA in Mathematics (Oxon) 1988


Chris has taught over 18 different modules at all levels, ranging from Foundation Year Mathematics, through First Year Probability and Statistics, to advanced topics in pure mathematics such as General Topology, Complex Analysis and Discrete Dynamics.  He has supervised many undergraduate projects as well as undergraduate Summer research projects.  He introduced the First Year enquiry based learning modules ‘Developing Mathematical Reasoning’ (based on the influential Moore Method, with the aid of a grant from the Educational Advancement Foundation) and ‘Mathematical Modelling and Problem Solving’ and the Second Year problem solving and skills module ‘Mathematics in Industry’ (with the aid of a grant from the HE STEM Programme).

Postgraduate supervision

Chris Good’s early research was in the construction of counterexamples (often using set-theoretic methods) especially around the Dowker space question and the behaviour of normality in product spaces. More recently he has become interested in dynamical systems, in particular symbolic dynamics and the structure of invariant sets, and abstract topological dynamics. He is able to supervise doctoral research in these areas, as well as in:

The structure of ω-limit sets of tent maps and shifts of finite type using a mixture of analytic and symbolic techniques
The relationship between shadowing and expansivity of maps on compact metric spaces
The role of periodic points in chaos
Abstract dynamical systems modelled by compact Hausdorff spaces, separable metric spaces, the space of rational numbers and continua
Characterisations of ordinals

Other activities

Chris is Deputy Head of School.


Recent publications


Grove, M & Good, C 2019, 'Approaches to feedback in the mathematical sciences: just what do students really think?', Teaching Mathematics and its Applications.

Henze, R, Mu, C, Puljiz, M, Kamaleson, N, Huwald, J, Haslegrave, J, di Fenizio, PS, Parker, D, Good, C, Rowe, JE, Ibrahim, B & Dittrich, P 2019, 'Multi-scale stochastic organization-oriented coarse-graining exemplified on the human mitotic checkpoint', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, 3902.

Good, C, Puljiz, M & Oprocha, P 2018, 'Shadowing, asymptotic shadowing and s-limit shadowing', Fundamenta Mathematicae.

Good, C & Macias, S 2018, 'What is Topological about Topological Dynamics?', Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 1007-1031.

Good, C, Puljiz, M & Fernández, L 2017, 'Almost Minimal Systems and Periodicity in Hyperspaces', Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems.

Dzul-Kifli, SC & Good, C 2016, 'The chaotic behavior on the unit circle', International Journal of Mathematical Analysis, vol. 10, no. 25, pp. 1245-1254.

Good, C & Meddaugh, J 2016, 'Orbital shadowing, internal chain transitivity and omega-limit sets', Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems.

Good, C & Macias, S 2016, 'Symmetric products of generalized metric spaces', Topology and its Applications, vol. 206, pp. 93-114.

Good, C & Fernández, L 2016, 'Shadowing for induced maps of hyperspaces', Fundamenta Mathematicae, vol. 235, pp. 277-286.

Fernández, L, Good, C, Puljiz, M & Ramírez, Á 2015, 'Chain transitivity in hyperspaces', Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, vol. 81, no. Part A, pp. 83-90.

Collis, H, Ridyard, C, Grove, M, Dyson, R & Good, C 2015, 'Examining Peer Assessment Methods Amongst Undergraduates: A Student Review', Education in Practice, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 18-23.

Good, C & Dzul-Kifli, SC 2015, 'On Devaney Chaos and Dense Periodic Points: Period 3 and Higher Implies Chaos', The American Mathematical Monthly, pp. 773-780.

Brian, WR, Good, C, Knight, RW & McIntyre, DW 2014, 'Finite Intervals in the Lattice of Topologies', Order, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 325-335.

Barwell, AD, Good, C, Oprocha, P & Raines, BE 2013, 'Characterizations of ω-limit sets in topologically hyperbolic systems', Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 1819-1833.

Good, C & Papadopoulos, K 2012, 'A topological characterization of ordinals: van Dalen and Wattel revisited', Topology and its Applications, vol. 159, no. 6, pp. 1565-1572.

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Media experience

Expertise: Mathematics

Experience:  Chris has worked on a number of videos for the School.  He has given public talks and has appeared in videos on YouTube for Meet the Mathematicians.