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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.

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Dr Karl S Williams is the Director for the Centre for Waste Management at the University of Central Lancashire. His background ranges from engineering to environmental management. He has seen his career evolve from heavy industry (iron and steel) into environmental solutions for waste resource recovery and treatment. Over recent years, he has become involved in technology associated with waste and resource recovery and treatment. As a Chartered Waste Manager, he has extensive knowledge of the technical, legislative and financial implications of converting waste into valuable resources. He has been a Charted Engineer for over 20 years and has been involved in developing bespoke solutions for a range of material streams. His research interests include: life cycle assessment of products and processes; environmental impacts of technology; barriers to waste management and social attitudes to waste and resource management. He is also the programme leader for the MSc in Waste and Resource Management and has developed a number of bespoke programmes for the food processing industry, local authorities and private companies.

  • PhD in Materials Science Leeds University
  • MTech Manufacturing and Engineering Systems Brunel University
  • BEng (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering Leeds University


Eco-Innovation European Regional Development Fund (2016-2020)

The Eco-innovation project aims to support SMEs to improve their efficiency, grow capacity and develop new solutions for industry. A range of short to long term interventions are being developed. The project brings together expertise from the University of Central Lancashire, Cumbria University and Lancaster University.

EwasteR Co-Funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (Project N° 554341-EPP-1-2014-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA) (2015-2017)

EwasteR Project will develop and establish a new high-quality interdisciplinary curriculum in E-Waste Recycling and Re-Use management sector in Europe, creating the link between the production phase and the waste phase of a product to foster a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship as well as generating employability and mobility opportunities. The new more professional profile for those working in the sector will aid the development of the E-waste Recycling and Re-use sector and will help to raise awareness about the value of reuse and its contribution to a sustainable social and economic development.

Illuminate Framework 7 (grant agreement No 603667) (2013-2016)

In order to facilitate lamp waste treatment, maximize the recovery rates and improve working environment, an automated, sealed sorting unit has been developed. The concept of the ILLUMINATE proposal was to develop automated systems that are able to effectively sort bulbs into different classes and remove foreign objects. The ILLUMINATE project brought together 9 companies from 3 EC member states to take on these challenges.

Wastecosmart Framework & (grant agreement No 319969)(2013-2016)

The European project WASTECOSMART - Optimisation of Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategies for the Maximisation of Resource Efficiency has started in September 2013. The optimisation of integrated waste management is a key challenge for many European regions. It requires the formulation of comprehensive waste management strategies, the assessment of research and innovation needs and informed decision-making with regard to the choice of policies, processes and technologies suitable for specific regional circumstances. WASTECOSMART’s overall objective is to strengthen and increase the innovation capacity of regional research-driven clusters in resource efficiency through cooperation, research and technological development within the waste sector. For the project, six research-driven triple helix clusters (science, industry and public sector) have been formed in Paphos (CY), Central Hungary, Piedmont (IT), Amsterdam (NL), Stockholm (SE) and Liverpool City Region (UK). WASTECOSMART also collaborates with international partners from Brazil, Mexico and India to promote international collaboration and opportunities in waste management.


1. Ala Khodier, Karl S Williams, Neil Dallison (2016) “Challenges Around Automotive Shredder Residue Production And Disposal” Venice 2016 Sixth International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste 14-17 November 2016 Venice

2. … Lowe, Christopher Nathan, Williams, Karl S, Jenkinson, Stephen and Toogood, Mark (2014) “Environmental and social impacts of domestic dog waste in the UK: investigating barriers to behavioural change in dog Walkers”. International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 13 (4). pp. 331-347. ISSN 1478-9876

3. A.B. Munvundika, K.S.Williams and C.N.Lowe (2014) “Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as a Potential Source Of Additional Financing For Managing Existing Landfill Sites: Case Study At Chunga Landfill Site, Zambia” II Africa Sustainable Waste Management. ISWA/APESB 2014 International Congress Angola. Book of Congress, Editors Mario AT Russo, Graca A Lopes, Paulo J Ramisio, JM Vieira and JFT Luca Lisbon pp276-281

4. … Karl S Williams (2013) “Plastic Packaging: Not a Throw-away Resource” In Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 37 Waste As A Resource, Edited by R.E. Hester and R. M Harrison, published Royal Society of Chemistry London pp 83-109


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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


Public attitudes and engagement-kerbside, HWRC and reuse.

Green chemistry for treatment of waste streams

Recycling and recovery of plastics, polymers and rubbers: including materials processing and testing, economics and circular economy

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

Life cycle assessment and environmental impacts of processes and solutions. Carbon calculations.

Environmental Management and assessment.

Resource recovery and Sustainability

Construction Waste: legislation, engagement, resource management

Waste Compositional analysis

Electrical and electronic waste: waste treatment technology development