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Research interests. Radio propagation, position, navigation and timing (PNT), ionosphere, HF communications, data assimilation and 4D (time dependent) tomography

Teaching. Satellite Navigation Systems (GNSS)

Academic DIrector of the University of Bath Doctoral College (2017-2022)

Royal Society Industry Fellow (2022 -)

Research interests

Professor Cathryn Mitchell is an academic at the University of Bath and a Royal Society Industry Fellow with Spirent Communications on “the Future of Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT)”.  She is a member of Bath’s Space, Telecommunications and Atmospheres Research Group (STAR). 

STAR conducts theoretical, computational and experimental research which has a range of science applications from space weather to climate monitoring and study of the solar-terrestrial environment, including the Earth’s ionosphere, atmosphere and oceans.  STAR’s research also has important practical applications for communication, surveillance radars and navigation systems. The group was originally established in 1998 and has delivered research and technology products for many companies and sponsors in the UK and overseas including for research council and industry and collaborate closely with UK research laboratories, including projects for the defence and commercial sectors. 


Professor Mitchell’s interests and expertise include GNSS navigation and timing, tomography (data assimilation), HF communications and radio propagation. Professor Mitchell’s research with Spirent Communications is focussed on complementary PNT technologies; LEO Navigation; Space Weather and the Future of Space Navigation.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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