Bregje Pauwels

Room L4.44
Quadrangle A14
University of Sydney NSW 2006



This semester I am teaching MATH1002, Linear Algebra.

About me

I am a lecturer at the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute. Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Kevin Coulembier and Oded Yacobi, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University under the supervision of Amnon Neeman. I received my PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016, where my research mentor was Paul Balmer.

I study triangulated categories and tensor categories, with applications in representation theory and algebraic geometry.

Algebra Seminar

I co-organise the Algebra seminar, which has recently merged with the SMRI Algebra and Geometry Online seminar. Recordings of most SMRI seminars are available on the SMRI YouTube channel.

Informal Friday Seminar (IFS)

I also organise the Informal Friday Seminar, a space where members of our research group explain interesting things to each other in a casual setting. In 2023, we will cover several topics, spending around two weeks with every speaker. The goal of the seminar is to give the flavour of the subject, not all the nitty gritty details. Questions and sidebars are encouraged and we emphasise examples, intuition, tools and historical diversions. The talks are intended to be conversational, so come ready to engage!

Shut Up and Write at the Quad (SU&W)

Everybody is welcome to our weekly Shut Up and Write sessions at the Quad! We meet on Tuesdays from 3 to 5PM in SMRI P.3.01 (North West Wing Meeting Room, halfway up the stairs). We use the Pomodoro Technique and you can work on anything you like.


Monoidal Abelian Envelopes with a quotient property
with Kevin Coulembier, Pavel Etingof and Victor Ostrik.

Gluing Approximable Triangulated Categories
with Jesse Burke and Amnon Neeman.

The Gerstenhaber structure on the Hochschild cohomology of a class of special biserial algebras
with Joanna Meinel, Van C. Nguyen, Maria Julia Redondo and Andrea Solotar.
Journal of Algebra 580 (2021), 264-298.

Quasi-Galois theory in symmetric-monoidal categories
Algebra & Number Theory 11-8 (2017), 1891-1920.

Quasi-Galois theory in tensor-triangulated categories.
Thesis (Ph.D.) University of California, Los Angeles. 2016.