Evgeny Shinder

The University of Sheffield
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Hounsfield Rd
Sheffield S3 7RH, UK
(Send me a postcard and I will send you one in return!)

E-mail: e.shinder at sheffield.ac.uk

About me

I am a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and a member of the Sheffield Algebraic Geometry group and I am also an associated member of the International laboratory for Mirror Symmetry and Automorphic Forms at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

I defended my PhD in June 2011 under the supervision of Andrei Suslin at Northwestern University. During the academic years 2011-13 I was a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, University of Bonn, the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics and the University of Mainz. In 2013-14 I was a Whittaker postdoc at the University of Edinburgh.

I work in Algebraic Geometry, in particular I am interested in derived categories and the Grothendieck ring of varieties, with applications in Birational Geometry and Algebraic K-theory. Here is my Google Scholar page, my CV, and my slightly outdated Research Statement on Grothendieck ring and birational geometry and a newer Research Statement on Derived categories and singularities

Teaching and PhD supervision

MAS114 Numbers and Groups, Semester 2, 2019/20

MAS330 Topics in Number Theory, full notes 2017/18

MAS439 Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry in Semester 2, 2016/17

Undergraduate Pizza Seminar

Current PhD students: Nebojsa Pavic (since 2016), George Moulantzikos (since 2018)


In 2020-2023 my work on derived categories of singularities is supported by an EPSRC grant Derived categories and algebraic K-theory of singularities. Here is the mathematical content of the proposal: pdf

Workshops and seminars


Various Algebraic Geometry seminars in Sheffield


Anna Barbieri, Cristina Manolache, Nebojsa Pavic and myself organized a Sheffield GLEN "Singularities in Algebra and Geometry" workshop on 13-14 November 2019 in Sheffield.

Arend Bayer, Ivan Cheltsov, Liana Heuberger and myself organized a Constructions and Obstructions in Birational Geometry workshop at ICMS on 5-9th November 2018.

Anna Barbieri, Barbara Bolognese, Joe Karmazyn and myself organized a Sheffield GLEN workshop on 8-9 February 2018 in Sheffield.

Singularity Category Seminar, Spring 2016/17

Tom Bridgeland and myself organized a workshop "GLEN: Homological Algebraic Geometry" on 9-10 June 2016 in Sheffield.

Sergey Galkin, Michael Wemyss and myself organized a workshop "Derived categories, Motives and Zeta-functions" on 9-11 June 2014 in Edinburgh.

Lectures by Andrey Soldatenkov on Holomorphic Symplectic Manifolds on 13-18 June 2014 in Edinburgh.

Tentative schedule for the Seminar on derived categories of coherent sheaves a long time ago in Bonn


The motivic nearby fiber and degeneration of stable rationality, arXiv:1708.02790 (with Johannes Nicaise), Invent. Math. 217 (2019) 2, 377-413.

Grothendieck ring of varieties, D- and L-equivalence, and families of quadrics, arXiv:1612.07193 (with Alexander Kuznetsov), Selecta Math. (N.S.) 24 (2018), no. 4, 3475-3500.

Group actions on categories and Elagin's Theorem Revisited, arXiv:1706.01714 , Eur. J. Math. 4 (2018), no. 1, 413-422.

On the geometry of the LLSvS eightfold, arXiv:1601.08186 , (with Andrey Soldatenkov), Kyoto J. Math. 57 (2017), no. 4, 789-806.

The Bogomolov-Prokhorov invariant of surfaces as equivariant cohomology, arXiv:1604.01991 , Bull. Korean Math. Soc. 54 (2017), no. 5, 1725–1741.

Derived Categories of Keum's Fake Projective Planes (with Sergey Galkin, Ludmil Katzarkov and Anton Mellit), Adv. in Mathematics, Vol. 278, 2015, Pages 238-253,

Exceptional collections of line bundles on the Beauville surface arXiv:1210.3339 (with Sergey Galkin), Adv. in Mathematics, Vol. 244, 2013, Pages 1033-1050,

Linear Mahler Measures and Double L-values of Modular Forms arXiv:1206.1454 (with Masha Vlasenko), Journal of Number Theory Volume 142, September 2014, Pages 149-182,

On the motive of the group of units of a division algebra, Journal of K-Theory, volume 13, issue 03, pp. 533-561.

On the Riemann-Roch Theorem without Denominators, (with Oleg Podkopaev) St. Petersburg Math. J. Vol. 18 (2007), No. 6, Pages 1021–1027.

Mishchenko and Quillen Formulas for Oriented Cohomology Pretheories, St. Petersburg Math. J. Vol. 18 (2007), No. 4, Pages 671–678


Obstructions to semiorthogonal decompositions for singular threefolds I: K-theory, arXiv:1910.09531 (with Martin Kalck, Nebojsa Pavic), submitted

L-equivalence for degree five elliptic curves, elliptic fibrations and K3 surfaces, arXiv:1907.01335 (with Ziyu Zhang), submitted

Variation of stable birational types of hypersurfaces, arXiv:1903.02111 (with an appendix by Claire Voisin), submitted

K-theory and the singularity category of quotient singularities, arXiv:1809.10919 (with Nebojsa Pavic)

Derived categories of singular surfaces, arXiv:1809.10628 (with Joseph Karmazyn and Alexander Kuznetsov), submitted

On a zeta-function of a dg-category, arXiv:1506.05831 (with Sergey Galkin)

The Fano variety of lines and rationality problem for a cubic hypersurface, arXiv:1405.5154 (with Sergey Galkin), submitted

Minifolds and Phantoms arXiv:1305.4549 [math.AG] (with Sergey Galkin, Ludmil Katzarkov and Anton Mellit)

Selected lectures and talks

Lectures on simple singularities and McKay correspondence (in Russian)

Geometry of singularities: 30 minutes colloquium talk

Grothendieck ring of varieties, D- and L-equivalence, and families of quadrics: 2017 talk in Osaka

The Fano variety of lines and rationality problem for a cubic hypersurface: 2014 talk in the COW seminar; 2014 talk at the EDGE workshop

Mathematics of the Rubik's Cube: My talk at a Student Seminar in Sheffield

Derived categories of coherent sheaves and phantoms, (my lectures given at the University of Mainz in the Summer 2013)

My coauthors

Sergey Galkin

Joe Karmazyn

Ludmil Katzarkov

Martin Kalck

Alexander Kuznetsov

Anton Mellit

Johannes Nicaise

Nebojsa Pavic

Oleg Podkopaev

Andrey Soldatenkov

Masha Vlasenko

Ziyu Zhang

Things to do in Sheffield

Sheffield Shodokan Aikido

Crucible Theater

Cafe #9

New Roots

Hallam Sinfonia Orchestra

Festival of Debate