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Prof. Ian Williams BSc PGCE PhD CChem MRSC MCIWM FHEA

Professor, Associate Dean of Enterprise

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Ian Williams is a Professor of Applied Environmental Science and Associate Dean (Enterprise) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, UK.

He has an established track record in the field of environmental pollution and waste management. His work at Southampton has focused on pollution, waste- and carbon-related issues. Ian has published extensively in books and peer-reviewed journals as well as producing over 100 commercial project reports. He has a long track record of holding positions as an External Examiner for taught and research degrees, service on external bodies, sitting on the scientific and organizing committees of several international conferences, working on national and international task groups.

Ian has received multiple awards for his research and educational activities, including:

2017      Most Downloaded Paper Award for Resources Conservation & Recycling 2017 (with David Turner and Simon Kemp). The Award recognizes papers published in RCR that received the highest numbers of downloads from ScienceDirect in 2017.

2017      CIWM James Jackson Award for 2016/17 (with David Turner and Simon Kemp). This award is presented annually for the best formal written paper presented by any member of the CIWM during the previous calendar year. 

2017      ISWA Publication Award for 2017 (with David Turner and Simon Kemp). This award is presented annually to honour the author(s) of a publication, article or book which is deemed to be exceptional in its contribution to the field of global solid waste management. 

2016      CIWM James Jackson Award for 2015/16 (with Peter Shaw and Andrea Rispo).

2016      ISWA Publication Award for 2016 (with David Turner and Simon Kemp). See Southampton News and ISWA

2016      Excellence in Teaching Award 2016: Best Feedback. University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) teaching award.

2016      CIWM J.C. Dawes Award for 2016. This award, named after the renowned waste management professional Jesse Cooper Dawes, provides a bursary to allow Members or Fellows of the profession to benefit from the experience of foreign travel.

2016      University of Southampton and SUSU Sustainability Action Award 2016: Outstanding Staff Award (runner-up). This award is made in recognition of outstanding contribution to sustainability.

2015      CIWM Waste Regulation Award for 2014/15 (with Chris Wilson and Simon Kemp). This award is presented annually for the best paper on a Waste Regulation topic written or presented under the auspices of the Institution during the previous calendar year.

2014      CIWM Waste Regulation Award for 2013/14 (with Clare Marsden, Suzanne Laidlaw, Katie Stokes, Alastair MacGregor and François Passant).

2014      Bronze Zero Waste Award for the ZeroWIN Project. Awarded by letsrecycle.com.

2014      C40 Cities Climate Leadership Award for Carbon Measurement and Planning. Member of Steering Group that developed BSI PAS 2070.

2013      Excellence in Teaching Award 2013: Best Feedback. University of Southampton Students’ Union teaching award (first time the awards were made at Southampton). Awarded both CMEES Unit and Faculty prizes.

2013      CIWM Waste Regulation Award for 2012/13 (with Chris Wilson and Simon Kemp).

2010      CIWM Waste Regulation Award for 2010 (with Chris Wilson and Simon Kemp).

2010      Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Baker Medal for 2010 (with Catherine Alexander, Chris Smaje and Rose Timlett). The award was founded in 1934 in memory of Sir Benjamin Baker (1840-1907), past President, and is awarded in recognition of services for the promotion of, or otherwise in connection with development in engineering practice, or investigation into problems with which Sir Benjamin Baker was specially identified.

2006      CIWM James Jackson Award for 2006 (with Tony Curran and Sonia Heaven).

Ian obtained his first degree in Chemistry from the University of Surrey in 1988 and a PhD in Public Attitudes to Air Pollution from Road Traffic from Middlesex University in 1995. He has been a lecturer at Middlesex University (1989-2000), the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan, 2000-2004) and the University of Southampton (UoS, 2005-present). He was the founder and Head of the Centre for Waste Management at the UCLan. He has appeared numerous times on broadcast media, including on BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth.

Ian is a fanatical fan of "the Scarlets" rugby team and coaches a tag-rugby team. Ian used to run half- and full marathons, but nowadays is an enthusiastic, if rather unfit, jogger!

 

 

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Professor Williams’ work at Southampton has focused on waste and carbon issues. Current and recent projects address practical issues, such as how to:

  • Move from traditional linear to innovative closed-loop resource flows in industry;
  • Enable better management of critical raw materials and electronic/electrical wastes;
  • Prevent waste and enable reuse and recycling in households
  • Improve resource use, business performance and environmental compliance in small- and medium-sized enterprises;
  • Improve the management of carbon emitted from cities, the waste and shipping industries, and higher education.

Ian regularly reviews academic papers for a range of peer-reviewed journals and is Associate Editor of Waste Management.

Research group

Centre for Environmental Sciences

Research project(s)

Zero waste in industrial networks – the ZeroWIN Project

The ZeroWIN-project will examine and develop new and innovative approaches and effective strategies for the prevention of waste in industries and industrial symbiosis, using the waste from one industry as a raw material for another.

Closed-loop resource use in valuable electronic products: innovative recovery and recycling of mobile phones - Dormant

This project was sponsored by Nokia to investigate innovative takeback, reuse and recycling of high volume, resource-rich portable electronic devices. Using mobile phones as a case study, the study assessed the use and disposal of mobile phones among young people, innovative collection hubs for end-of-life phones and their resource value.

Bio Energy Technology Assessment - Environmental Burden Minimisation (BETA-EBM)

Promoting corporate environmental improvement and sustainable investment

The Clear INFO Project

Technologies for bioprocessing organic urban wastes

Strategies and Technologies for Sustainable Urban Waste Management: Project 3

Reuse and recycling of bulky wastes

This EPSRC-funded project formed part of the Sustainable Urban Environment (SUE) Waste Consortium (GR/S79626/01).

Sustainable resource management in households

This ongoing work includes research projects that focus on the development of infrastructure, service provision and improving public participation, including: civic amenity sites; waste management in medium-and high-density housing; carbon footprinting of recyclable materials; evaluating new recycling services; and collection of biodegradable waste.

Improving recycling in high-density housing

This EPSRC-funded project formed part of the Sustainable Urban Environment (SUE) Waste Consortium (GR/S79626/01).

Improving the environmental performance of business and industry

This EPSRC-funded project formed part of the Sustainable Urban Environment (SUE) Waste Consortium.

Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices

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Code Title Role
ENVS6002  RESEARCH PROJECT DEVELOPMENT Lecturer
ENVS6019  Contemporary Global Env Issues Lecturer
ENVS1006  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS Lecturer
ENVS1007  ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS Lecturer
ENVS100X  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS Lecturer
ENVS2007  ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION Coordinator
ENVS3012  COMMUNICATING SCIENCE Lecturer
ENVS6006  ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION Coordinator
ENVS6009  ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECT Lecturer
ENVS6023  AIR QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION Coordinator
ENVS6025  SYSTEMS FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT Coordinator
ENVS6018  TECHNIQUES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCHERS Lecturer
ENVS6018  TECHNIQUES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCHERS__ Lecturer
Prof. Ian Williams
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