Alexander Franklin

I'm a postdoctoral research associate with 'The Metaphysical Unity of Science' project at the University of Bristol. Previously, I was a teaching fellow at King's College London, where I also completed my PhD.


Through my research I aim to understand the relations between theories of physics applicable at different energy scales: such relations are often associated with the terms 'reduction' and 'emergence'. I explore these relations by analysing a number of case studies. These include: phase transitions and the universality of critical phenomena, effective field theories, and theories of phonons in condensed matter systems.


Overall, I argue that if one understands emergence and reduction appropriately then descriptions of many systems across physics both reduce to and emerge from the relevant underlying theoretical descriptions.


My PhD at King's was supervised by Dr Eleanor Knox and Professor David Papineau, and fully funded by a studentship from the London Arts and Humanities Partnership.


I spent the autumn term in 2016 at the University of Pittsburgh where I worked with Professor Robert Batterman and Dr Porter Williams.


I completed the MPhilStud degree at King's in 2015 and I graduated from the 4-year Physics and Philosophy MPhysPhil at Brasenose College, University of Oxford in 2013. I was taught philosophy at Brasenose by Dr Chris Timpson.