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Professor of Applied Environmental Science, University of Southampton

Ian Williams is Associate Dean (Enterprise) at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton. He is a multi award-winning academic who specialises in environmental pollution and resource management. Ian has published three books and over 200 peer-reviewed papers on waste and environmental issues, as well as over 100 commercial project reports.

He 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.


  • –present
    Professor of Engineering and the Enviroment , University of Southampton


ICE Baker Medal for 2010; CIWM Waste Regulation Award for 2010, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 ; CIWM J C Dawes Award for 2016; CIWM James Jackson Award for 2006, 2015/16, 2016/17; AASHE Campus Sustainability Research Award 2018; ISWA Publication Award for 2016, 2017