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Ian Williams

Professor of Applied Environmental Science, University of Southampton

Ian Williams is Professor of Applied Environmental Science 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 250 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