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Dr. Karl Williams

Head of Centre for Waste Management

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Kirkham Building, KM108

+44 (0) 1772 89 3496

Karl is research active within the area of built environment and sustainability and is a member of the Centre for Waste Management.


Construction Knowledge Exchange Project (2008-2009)

The Construction Knowledge Exchange (CKE) is a project that aims to link universities with the construction industry. The aims are to develop working relationships with industrial partners and engage in joint activities in order to improve each others competitiveness. Links have been made with Lancashire Best Practice Club through the Construction Excellence Programme. The project works with NISP and other academic partners and has active links with other regeneration programmes.

North West Centre for Waste Management European Regional Development Funded Project Objective 2 Priority 1 measures 1.2 & 1.4. (2006-2008)

The NWCWM aimed to reduce the environmental footprint of SMEs through minimising resource use & waste creation with consequential benefits to the natural economy. The NWCWM was also linked with (measure 3.2) tourism related projects through activities to minimise waste and pollution which promoted sustainable tourism. In addition the NWCWM worked closely with an Objective 2 Priority 2 project in Blackpool called EMPRISE which aimed to establish a Social Enterprise to carry out recycling with tourism businesses. The NW CWM project extended and developed the work carried out by the CWM pilot project which was funded through the N&W Lancashire Priority 1 ERDF Action Plan funded by ERDF Objective 2 Measures 1.1, 1.2 & 1.4.

Through the project partnerships strong links have been made with other regeneration programmes. The Business Links, Chambers of Commerce, Envirolink NW, NISP and other academic partners have active links with other regeneration programmes


“Public attitudes and behaviours to using free-to-use and pay-by-use Civic Amenity sites”, J McAnea, KS Williams, C Lowe and M Clark. Proceedings Waste 2008: Waste and Resource Management - a Shared Responsibility Conference 2008 (16-17 September 2008)

“Recycling Potential of Bagged Waste from Hotel Bedroom Bins” KS Williams, R Fielding, Proceedings Waste 2008: Waste and Resource Management - a Shared Responsibility Conference 2008 (16-17 September 2008)

“Chempyrolysis Catalysis”, KM Hall, KS Williams, J Thomson and JT Breckenridge, Report for BP Chemicals plc, August 2005.

“Investigation into Pyrolysation of Battery Free Automotive Shredder Residue”, CRRC. A report to Biffaward and Welsh European Funding Office 2003.

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BEng(Hons) Materials Science and Engineering: Leeds University

MTech in Manufacturing and Engineering Systems: Brunel University

PhD in Materials Science: Leeds University

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice: Brighton University


Chartered Engineer: Engineering Council UK (CEng)

Chartered Waste Manager: Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Member of the Institute Materials Minerals and Mining (MIMMM)

Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (MCIWM)

Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AMIEMA)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Accreditation as a teacher in Higher Education (SEEDA)


Level 1
Sustainability Elective Module

Level 4
MSc Sustainable Waste Management

Practical Aspects of Waste Management

Waste Resource and Solutions

Waste Technology

External Activities

Member of North West Active R&D Forum (Envirolink).

Co-Opted Member of Northwest Regional Chartered Institute of Waste Management Committee.

Member of the Preston Strategic Partnership Thematic Sustainable Community Strategy.

Consultant activities on Waste and Environmental Issues: Leeds City Council Waste Strategy

University Review Panel member (courses quality assurance)

Faculty Research Degrees Sub-Committee member

Member of University Strategic Waste Reduction Working Group

Member of University Strategic Procurement Working Group

Waste Awareness Course Instructor for CIWM

Waste Awareness Construction Course Instructor for CIWM


Waste legislation implementation and consequence e.g. European Directives on waste and resource management. The impact on SMEs and councils practices and budgets.

Green chemistry for treatment of waste streams and the effectiveness.

Recycling and recovery of plastics, polymers and rubbers.

Advance technology for waste management including gasification, pyrolysis and digestion.

Life cycle assessment and environmental impacts of processes and waste solutions.

Environmental Management and assessment.

Public attitudes and understanding of waste issues.