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Professor Ian D. Williams BSc (Hons) Chemistry, CTEFL, PGCE, PhD, CChem, MRSC, MCIWM, FHEA

Professor of Applied Environmental Science, 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 Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK.

He has an established track-record in the fields of environmental science and waste management. His work at Southampton has focused on pollution, sustainability, 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, and as a trustee and director of charities and companies

I have worked in Higher Education for more than 30 years. Over the decades, I have witnessed tremendous change across the sector and our wider world. Throughout this period, I have retained an unshakable belief in young people and their ability to change the world for the better. The core philosophical approach to all my work has centred on enabling young people to find confidence, develop their knowledge and skills, and help them make a positive contribution to society and their own well-being via active learning, inter-generational influence and partnership.

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 has received a number of awards for his activities, including: the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Campus Sustainability Research Award 2018, the International Solid Waste Association Publication Award in 2016 and 2017, the Institution of Civil Engineers Baker Medal in 2010 and awards from the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (Waste Regulation Award 2010, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15; James Jackson Award 2006, 2015/16, 2016/17; J.C. Dawes Award 2016). He is a fanatical fan of "the Scarlets" rugby team.


BSc (Hons) Chemistry and an industrial qualification (AUS), University of Surrey, Guildford, 1988.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), St Martin’s College, Lancaster, 1989.

PhD, Middlesex University, 1995.

Appointments held

Part-time lecturer/demonstrator in Applied Science, Environmental Science and Technology and Computing at Middlesex University (1989-1993).

Lecturer in Environmental Science, Middlesex University (1993-1995).

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Middlesex University (1995-1997).

Principal Lecturer in Environmental Science, Middlesex University (1997-2000).

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Protection, UCLan (2000-2001)

Principal Lecturer in Environmental Protection, UCLan (2001-2004).

Senior Lecturer in Applied Environmental Science, University of Southampton (2005-2009).

Professor of Applied Environmental Science, University of Southampton (2009 – present).

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Research interests

Ian’s research has focused on pollution, sustainability, waste- and carbon-related issues.

PhD Supervision

Alice Brock (Co-supervisor) (UoS). Development of culturally, economically, environmentally and socially acceptable personal carbon budgets (4D-PCB). 2020-2023 (f/t).

Chloe Way (Co-supervisor) (UoS). Microplastics and phthalates in fishmeal; methods, hotspots and contamination pathways. 2019-2023 (f/t).

Guadalupe V Landeros Gonzalez (Director of Studies) (UoS). Sources of microplastics in wastewater treatment plants. 2019-2023 (f/t).

Toby Roberts (Director of Studies) (UoS). Ports of the Future – CDT-SYS. 2017-2021 (f/t).

Lanre Shittu (Director of Studies) (UoS). E-waste in urban mines. 2017-2020 (f/t).

Jessica Stead (Co-supervisor) (UoS). Microplastic pathways in coastal systems. 2017-2020 (f/t).

Freya Radford (Co-supervisor) (UoS). Microplastics and soils – CDT-SYS. 2017-2021 (f/t).

MPhil/PhD Research

Lina Zapata Restrepo (Director of Studies, PhD). Environmental factors and its interaction with sex steroid hormones as determinants of growth, survival and reproduction in the native oyster Ostrea edulis. 2015-2019 (f/t).

Xavier Pierron (Director of Studies, PhD). Contributing to the Circular Economy by Applying Behavioural Economics for Distinct Urban Mines Exploitation. 2012-2018 (p/t).

Oliver Robinson (Second Supervisor, EngD). Calculating the carbon emissions of transport activities as a proportion of a University’s carbon footprint. 2012-2018 (f/t and p/t).

Erni Mukhtar (Director of Studies, PhD). Exploring opportunities for zero-waste strategies in urban areas in Malaysia. 2014-2018 (f/t).

Sandra Mueller (Director of Studies, PhD). Mining Anthropogenic and Geological Deposits: Evaluating the Accessibility of Scarce Metals from End-of-Life Products and the Earth’s Crust under Sustainability Considerations. 2013-2018 (f/t and p/t).

Jonathan Coello (Director of Studies, PhD). Carbon footprint of shipping sector. 2011-2018 (f/t and p/t).

Matthew Grote (Director of Studies, EngD). Enhancing Urban Road Traffic Carbon Dioxide Emissions Models. 2012-2016 (f/t).

Sirirat Yensong (Director of Studies, PhD). Developing an Integrated Framework for the Policy Development of Vegetation fires in the North of Thailand. 2012-2017 (f/t).

Jamie Oaten (Director of Studies, PhD). Evaluating the potential of metallothionein as a reliable biomarker for metal pollution in marine organisms. 2013-2016 (f/t).

David Turner (Director of Studies, PhD). Carbon footprint of waste systems. 2011-15 (f/t + p/t).

Laurence Wright (Director of Studies, PhD). Measuring and managing the carbon footprint of communities: a case study of Southampton, UK. 2009-2014 (f/t + p/t).

Walid Mohammed Taher Elsawy Aly (Second Supervisor, PhD). Metallothioneins as biomarkers of metal pollution in estuaries on the south coast of England. 2008-2012 (f/t)

Laura Watkin (Second Supervisor, PhD). Environmental conflict and hydropower. 2008-2012 (f/t)

Christopher Wilson (Director of Studies, PhD). Environmental legislative compliance in small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). 2005-2011 (p/t).

Francis Ongondo (Director of Studies, PhD). Factors That Influence the Generation, Collection and Disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2007-2011) (f/t).

Na Zhang (Director of Studies, PhD). Greening Academia: Developing Sustainable Waste Management at UK Higher Educational Institutions (2006-2010 (f/t).

Rose Timlett (Director of Studies, PhD). Recycling in medium- and high-density households. 2005-2010 (p/t).

Moupia Rahman (Second Supervisor, PhD). Phytoaccumulation of heavy metals by Brassica species. 2005-2010 (f/t).

Stephen McKinley (Director of Studies, PhD). The environmental impacts of home composting. 2004-2008 (f/t).

Anthony Curran (Director of Studies, PhD). Bulky Household Waste Collection and Reuse. 2004-2007 (f/t).

Richard Allingham (Second Supervisor, MRes) (UCLan). The effects of the artificial growth regulator, Paclobutrazol, on the in vitro growth and development of Populus species. 2003-05 (p/t).

Paul Boulter (Director of Studies, PhD) (MU). Development of a Methodology for Investigating the Emissions Impact of Traffic Calming. 1997-2002 (p/t).

Maurice Moore (Director of Studies, BPhil) (MU). Physical and Chemical Composition of Particulate Matter in Urban Areas. 1998-1999 (p/t).

Amanda Wheeler (Second Supervisor, PhD) (MU). Personal Exposure to Airborne Particulate Matter. 1997-2000 (f/t).

Micheala Kendall (Second Supervisor, PhD) (MU). Particulate Pollution and Stone Deterioration 1994-1998 (f/t).

Research Projects

02/20           EC Horizon2020 (2018-2020 Mobility for Growth Call ID: H2020-MG-2018-2019-2020 Topic: Ship emission control scenarios, marine environmental impact and mitigation, Proposal number 874990). Evaluation, control and Mitigation of the EnviRonmental impacts of shippinG Emissions (EMERGE) (Total funding £7,493,885, 4 years).

11/19           EPSRC IAA 2017-2020. Transitioning to a circular economy with creative artists (TRACE) (Total funding £50,828; 4.5 months).

09/19           Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) PhD researcher scholarship (for Way) (Total funding £36,000; 3 years).

09/19           ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentship (for Brock ID 2397670564) (Total funding £80,000; 4 years).

03/19           Mexican Government PhD Studentship (for Gonzalez) (Total funding ~£90,000; 4 years).

11/17           SMMI HEIF Collaboration Stimulus Fund 17/18. Maritime Pollution – Exploring the Issues, their Study, and Potential Solutions (Total funding >£20,000; 6 months) (with Loxham, Hudson, Mayon).

09/17           EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems. Ports of the Future (EP/L01582X/1; Total funding £77,274 with 50% from Ramboll; 48 months) (with Preston).

09/17           EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems. Managing emerging pollutants in wastewater systems (EP/L01582X/1; Total funding £77,274 with 50% from FEE; 48 months) (with Hudson and Shaw).

02/17           EPSRC iCASE Competition. Carbon fibre composite recycling and development of recycled carbon fibre product. EPSRC and Land Rover (Total funding >£60,000; 36 months) (with Blake).

07/16           NAMRIP Pump Priming 4th Call; Fighting superbugs on the home front: becoming an ecological citizen in your bathroom.  EPSRC (Total funding £19,723; 3 months) (with Roe (PI), Viens, Jones, Hurley, Keevil).

05/16           Enviro Zero Waste Scoping Project (for Southern Water) (Total funding £107,640; 9 months).

02/16           CMEES pump priming project funding 2016: StakeHolder Analysis of Requirements of Ports and their Environments (SHARPE) (Total funding £9,960; 5 months) (with Waterson, Shenoi, Preston, Plant, Blainey, Hanson).

02/16           CMEES pump priming project funding 2016: Mobile Atmospheric Gas Monitoring: Applied to Landfill (MAGM) (Total funding £6,500; 5 months) (with Richards, Rees-White, Stringfellow, Beaven).

12/13           Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Education Prominent Humanities Research Project: Development of Sustainable Waste Management in HEIs - King Abdulaziz University Case Study (Total funding >£21,300; 10 months) (with Nadia Abdulghaffar, KAAU, KSA).

11/13           British Council INSPIRE R-4: Strategic Partnership Award. Climate and seasonal driven changes in soil and water salinity for crop production in coastal regions of Bangladesh: the promotion of community based adaptive responses. (Total funding >£21,300; 10 months) (with Derek Clarke (UoS), Prof Dr M Jahiruddin (Bangladesh Agrıcultural University, Mymensingh)). (Total funding >£38,500; 36 months).

10/13           EPSRC PhD studentship + SMMI top-up. Grant 13 (EP/L505067/1; £28,071.30 + £26,826.00; 3 years).

10/13           EPSRC PhD studentship + EMPA top-up. Grant 12 (EP/K503150/1; £27,829.11 + £27,829.11; 3 years).

07/13           PublicPolicy@Southampton Policy Commission: Closed Loop Circular Systems (Total funding >£25,000; 8 months).

03/13           EC Marie Curie Actions International Outgoing Fellowship. Bio Energy Technology Assessment – Environmental Burden Minimisation (BETA-EBM) (Total funding >£225,000; 2 years) (in collaboration with TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), India).

09/12           EPSRC Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC) in Transport and the Environment. Developing tools to determine the environmental impact of transport interventions (EP/G036896/1. Total funding >£120,000; 4 years) (with John Preston and Simon Kemp).

09/12           EPSRC Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC) in Transport and the Environment. Calculating the carbon emissions of transport activities as a proportion of a University’s carbon footprint (EP/G036896/1. Total funding >£120,000; 4 years) (with Simon Kemp).

07/12           Appointed Environmental Expert on behalf of defendants for the High Court of Justice, England, on Claim No. HC09CO4852 (Total funding £90,000; 5 months).

01/12           European Investment Bank. Economic Impact of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (Total funding: €10,000; 3 months) (with Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon).

10/11           EPSRC PhD studentship. Grant 11 (EP/J500537/1; £49,010.00; 3 years).

10/11           ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013. Zero Waste Initiatives in the South East – Sustainable Construction (ZeroWISE Sustainable Construction Project) (Total funding: £698,983; to UoS: £40,000, 2 years) (with Remade South East).

09/11           LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance Programme 2011-2014. Clear Info (Total funding: €3,225,833; to UoS: €29,264; 3 years) (with UK Environment Agency and others).

02/11           EPSRC PhD studentship. Grant 10 (EP/P505739/1; £53,749.23; 3 years).

11/10           Waste and Environmental Auditing for Local Authority premises. Southampton City Council (£5,000, 3 months) (with Simon Kemp).

03/10           Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). Development of an Environmental Management System (EMS) toolkit for retailer tenants (£180,000; 3 years) (with Simon Kemp and Hammerson Group).

11/08           EC Framework 7 (FP7-ENV-2008-1; Proposal Number: 226752-Zerowin). Towards Zerowaste in Industrial Networks (ZEROWIN). (Total funding: £5,012,465; to UoS: £365,220; 4 years).

10/08           Southampton City Council. Measuring and Managing the Carbon Footprint of Internationally Renowned Cities: a Case Study of Southampton. (£51,000; 3 years) (with Simon Kemp).

09/08           University of Central Lancashire. North-West Centre for Waste Management Project (£11,575).

04/08           Nokia. Re-use of mobile ‘phones (£15,000; 9 months).

10/07           ESRC-EPSRC Collaborative Studentship Pilot Scheme. Understanding human perception of environmental conflict: the case of hydropower schemes and willingness to pay. (£57,700, 3 years) (with Paul Kemp, Ian Harwood and Graham Smith).

01/07           CIWM/Defra MSc Programme (£2,050). Household bulky waste.

10/06           EPSRC SUE Waste Research Studentship (GR/S79626/01). Environmental Compliance in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (£8,218.31; 3 years).

11/04           EPSRC SUE Waste Consortium (GR/S79626/01). SUE Waste Project 7: Interfacing the Infrastructure (£23,040; 4 years+ studentship) (with Catherine Alexander, Sonia Heaven, Chris Smaje).

11/04           EPSRC SUE Waste Consortium (GR/S79626/01). SUE Waste Project 6: Networks and Benefits (£12,458; 4 years+ studentship) (with Sonia Heaven).

04/04           ERDF North-West Objective 2 Programme 2000-06. Centre for Waste Management Project Number N&WL/2003/Rd10/051 (with NIMTECH and Preston Chamber of Commerce) (£1,174,970; 2 years).

04/02           European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Sustech Access (North and Western Lancashire), Project Number N&WL/2002/Rd2/023 (with Dr Nigel Simons, Nigel Mair and Enterprise plc) (£65,246, 2 years).

02/02           Environment Agency. Scoping Green List Waste Trade Flows (with Nigel Mair). (£1,000, 1 month).

02/02           Environment Agency. International Waste Trade: Organisation Database (with Nigel Mair). (£1,000, 1 month).

02/02           LWS Lancashire Environmental Fund. Collection and Reduction of Organic Waste in Blackpool, Project Number LWSLEF443 (with James Kelly, Blackpool Environment Action Team) (£131,000, 1 year).

03/99           NFFR Funding. Personal Exposure of Adult Residents of London to Air Pollution (with Professor Nick Priest) (£54,000, 3 years).

01/98           Teaching Company Scheme Programme. Development of fire (aerosol) detector to conform to future worldwide environmental regulations (with No Climb Products Ltd) (£71,645, 2 years).

03/96           Research Council of Norway and British Council Scholarship Scheme. Comparative studies of combined environmental problems related to road traffic (£1,800, 1 year).

01/96           European Commission Directorate General XIII. Partner Institution in Integrated Environmental Monitoring, Forecasting and Warning Systems in Metropolitan Areas (EMMA) project (with Professor Ron Hamilton and Mr Richard Beaumont) (£120,000, 3 years).

10/94           Middlesex University Small Grant. Research on atmospheric carbonyl compounds (£2,850, 1 year).

09/94           EPSRC CASE Research Studentship; collaborating establishment - Transport Research Laboratory. Modelling of Air Pollution Dispersion near Roads (with Professor Ron Hamilton) (3 years).

Research group

Infrastructure Group

Affiliate research group

Centre for Environmental Science, Faculty of Environment and Life 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

Evaluation, control and Mitigation of the EnviRonmental impacts of shippinG Emissions

Associate Dean (Enterprise).

Chair of Z21 Management Board; Chair of Z21 Governance Board.

Chair of University of Southampton EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Panel.

Member of OneWeb Advisory Board.

Academic Lead for UoS SPRINT – SPace Research & Innovation Network for Technology Programme.

usAIS Governance Board (Chair of Governance Board).

Member of FEE/FEPS Senior Management Team (and associated committees).

Member of University Research and Enterprise Executive Committee and Southampton Enterprise Board.

International Advisory Board, the Eighteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. S. Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.

International Board Member of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Sciences PhD programme, Department ICEA of the University of Padua.

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Ian is passionate about inspiring students and mentoring graduates to actively learn more about sustainability and our environment by developing their practical, research, communication and problem-solving capabilities, and to develop employability skills that will help them thrive at university and throughout their careers. This is where his pedagogical approach is wholly positioned. Ian’s student support does not stop at the point of graduation. In over 30 years of teaching activity, he has helped countless graduates find and build successful careers. His greatest achievement in teaching has been an experiential approach to education which has resulted in making a meaningful difference to the lives of our students and to wider society.

He has an established an international reputation for excellence in teaching and learning. Ian’s philosophy is based on the use of active and inter-generational learning and partnership working to ensure students are experientially involved in their own learning process. To encourage student participation, he has focused on:

A) creating high quality resources to stimulate students’ learning and critical thinking skills (problem-solving, decision-making, analysis, synthesis, evaluation);

B) developing methods to stimulate students’ curiosity, and;

C) encouraging students to partner with local authorities, business, industry and other young people to cultivate their professional and employability skills.

Resource Creation

He has worked with students, technicians and colleagues to promote the added value provided by laboratory and field work. Integrating this type of activity into resources and modules is designed to help students learn with understanding, rather than simply acquiring sets of disconnected facts and skills. He has drawn upon the work of the National Research Council and others to demonstrate that the science learning goals of laboratory experiences go beyond enhancing mastery of science subject matter to incorporate the development of scientific reasoning abilities and practical skills, increased understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, increased understanding of the nature of science, and improved teamwork abilities.

For three decades Ian has been developing high quality resources in accessible, coherent and imaginative ways which in turn clearly enhance students’ learning. He has written textbooks that support the development of chemical know-how and laboratory-skills for students without a strong scientific background. His textbook on Environmental Chemistry in 2001 provided a comprehensive and balanced introduction to this complex, multi-disciplinary area whilst assuming only a basic knowledge of chemistry. It was one of the first textbooks to focus on the development of scientific report writing alongside safe laboratory practice skills via step-by-step instructions to experimentation and writing up results:

The textbook led to him being asked to write a guidebook for the Learning and Teaching Support Network Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. It suggested ways to improve the quality of learning, outlined new ideas, flagged learning resources and provided a framework for academics to analyse and evaluate practical work, as well as enabling an inclusive approach to learning. Based on this body of work and his reputation, Ian was invited to co-author a new and revitalised version of an established textbook on air pollution. He comprehensively rewrote the text to make it more accessible to students without a strong scientific background and to add a new chapter that introduced a suite of sampling and laboratory practical experiments for use in classroom teachings or as part of research projects.

Intergenerational Learning

To develop curiosity and enhance the wider skills of under- and post-graduate students, Ian has facilitated them to reach out to primary/secondary school children. The purpose is to actively demonstrate how the thinking characteristics, skills and attributes of student scientists/engineers can be integrated and further developed to engage the next generation.

Thus, with environmental charity Wastewatch, Ian worked on the “THAW” project, which was the first attempt to measure the intergenerational influence of an education programme on behaviour at home. Focusing on primary-age children, the team showed that the school-based education programme led to increased household participation in recycling as well as declining levels of residual waste. The work inspired American researchers to show that teaching in this way significantly increased parents’ concern over the issue (

The method’s influence is further demonstrated by my work with the Primary Engineer Programme. An example is the successful development of “The Fun Noisy Bin”. University students routinely report that having to explain a concept to younger students helps them to better grasp it: the query of an outsider forces them to replace their false feeling of understanding with actual reasoning.

Partnering the artist Susannah Pal, the SON Orchestra and Otterbourne Primary School with university students demonstrated how curiosity can be inspired alongside the development of professional skills. Ian’s teaching has had an impact beyond the didactic, for example, by engaging the broader public. As an example, the “TRACE” project (Transitioning to a circular economy with creative artists) he created used science, art and music to produce a musical performance and exhibition pairing creative artists with children/students as a response to themes of waste and recycling, with a legacy of deeper understanding of environmental issues, catalysing societal change. The students and school children played a key part in both the creation of the event, thereby gaining a true sense of ownership, coupled with a deep understanding of the project’s underlying scientific and engineering concepts. The impact was profound, as reflected in this video.

With the UoS’s Widening Participation programme, Ian has linked learners aged 11-18 with university students primed to explain the science behind contemporary topics. The “Year 10 Food Waste Challenge” stimulated international interest, discussion, raised teachers’, students’ and mentors’ awareness of food waste issues.


Partnership Working

Since 1996, Ian has initiated, developed, organised and delivered sustainability-focused research-led projects that involve partnership between university academics / under- and post-graduate students and local authorities (LAs). The aims include:

  • The generation of new knowledge and case studies that highlight the strategic and practical implications and impacts of sustainability-related research locally, nationally and internationally;
  • Provision of real-world and transformative experiences to enhance sustainability and employability skills;
  • Provision of mutual benefits to LAs, universities and students.


These research-led and enterprise-inspired projects involved students working on internships, work placements and dissertations. They have been on a diverse range of subjects including:

  • Improving the sustainability and efficiency of waste collection and recycling systems;
  • Prevention of waste and enabling reuse/recycling in households;
  • Public information, communication mechanisms and approaches to sustainable behavior change;
  • Quantification, monitoring and management of atmospheric emissions in urban areas.

Ian’s teaching is underpinned by research and encourages students to demonstrate their skills to an international audience. This is demonstrated by the >70 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers co-authored with students. Countless students have secured employment or promotions and Local Authorities and students have won prestigious awards as a result of this work (e.g. National Recycling Awards).

Demonstrating Impact and Engagement

In his work with the waste/resource sector, Ian has been determined to equip society with a basic understanding of the core skills necessary to develop the behavioural and technological changes essential to a sustainable, resource-efficient future. He has set out to develop young professionals who are socially, scientifically and mathematically literate and who engage with problems in a holistic, systematic, ‘‘can-do’’ fashion. To aid in this work, he regularly liaises with relevant professional bodies (e.g. CIWM, ISWA) and provides advice to them on the design of their curricula and training programmes.

He has set out his approach via editorials in peer-reviewed journals and articles in professional magazines in order to promote pedagogic practice and student-centered values for education in waste  and carbon management. Combined with his reputation, these articles contributed to me being elected leader in 2013 for International Waste Working Group’s “Education in Waste Management” Task Group . Since then, he has developed and run a number of international workshops for academics on developing pedagogic practice, including on: the use of social media in education; working with local authorities to enhance education; developing specific skills (waste auditing, food waste classification, e-waste management, reuse, working with the third sector); integrating education and research activities with industrial partners; integrating assessment & feedback with industrial consultancy and employability training via active learning.

The research papers co-written with students have led to a significant number of improvements to public recycling behaviours, infrastructure and professional services.

Ian has been Associate Dean for Enterprise in the Faculty of Engineering & the Environment (FEE) and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS) since August 2015, leading Enterprise and Consultancy Units comprising >120 staff. In this role, he has an established track record of leadership, management and delivery (on time, budget & quality) to Faculty / University Strategy and to the UoS’s 10-Year Plan. He has been the prime driving force behind the inception and development of FEPS’s Enterprise Zone and a passionate champion for Enterprise and consultancy within the UoS. He has proactively contributed to the development of University- and Faculty-level strategies, policies and operational procedures to deliver more sustainable, transparent, fairer and commercially oriented outcomes.

Professor Ian D. Williams
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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