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Prof. Karl Williams

Director of Centre for Waste Management

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Kirkham Building, KM108

+44 (0) 1772 89 3496

kswilliams@uclan.ac.uk

Prof Karl Williams has seen his career evolve from heavy industry into environmental solutions for waste. He has extensive experience of a range of technologies associated with resource recovery. As a Chartered Waste Manager, he has detailed knowledge of the technical, legislative and financial implications of converting waste into valuable resources. He has been a Charted Engineer for over 23 years and has developed bespoke solutions for a range of materials which includes: LCA of products and processes; environmental impacts of technology; barriers to waste management and social attitudes to resource management.


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Prof. 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 developing 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 23 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 Resource Energy and Environmental Management and has developed a number of bespoke programmes for the food processing industry, local authorities and private companies.

Qualifications

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

Publications

Ala Khodier, Karl Williams, Neil Dallison (2018) “Challenges Around Automotive Shredder Residue Production And Disposal” Journal of Waste Management Volume 73 March 2018 p566-573

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

Muvundika, B.A., Williams, K.S., Lowe, C.N. (2014) A Glance at the World: Potential Benefits of Implementing Landfill Gas (LFG) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects at Waste Disposal Sites: Case Study for Implementation at Chunga Landfill Site in Lusaka, Zambia. Waste Management, 35, I-V.

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

More publications

Research Activities

  • Green chemistry for treatment of waste streams
  • Thermal treatment of waste streams for valorisation
  • Advance technology for waste management including gasification, pyrolysis and digestion.
  • Recycling and recovery of plastics, polymers and rubbers: including materials processing and testing, economics and circular economy
  • Public attitudes and engagement-kerbside, HWRC and reuse.
  • 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
  • Hazardous waste management

Memberships

  • 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)

Teaching

Level 1:

  • Issues in Sustainability Core and University Elective Module (module leader)

Level 3:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (module leader)

Level 4:

  • MSc Resource, Energy and Environmental Management (Course Leader)
  • Environmental Management within Organisations (module leader)
  • Waste and Resource Management Solutions (module leader)
  • Waste Treatment and Low Carbon Technology (module leader)
  • Master Project (module leader)
  • Resources: Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Accounting (module leader)

External Activities

  • Elected Committee. Member of Northwest Regional Chartered Institution of Waste Management
  • Elected member of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Education and Training Committee.
  • Elected member of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Scientific and Technical Committee.
  • Expert Reviewer for Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF).
  • Member of Institute of Civil Engineers Editorial Board- Journal of Waste and Resource Management
  • Member of Lancashire Energy Strategy Steering Group

Research

Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) Lancashire:European Regional Development Fund (2017-2020) (£1.2 million)

The MaCaW is an academic/industry collaboration designed to assist Lancashire SMEs to overcome the challenges and barriers in moving towards a low carbon economic model. This project aims to engage Lancashire SMEs in implementing low energy practices and processes to reduce their carbon burden, as well as making cost savings to their organisation.

Eco-Innovation Cumbria: European Regional Development Fund (2016-2020) (£223k)

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) (2015-2018) (£95k)

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

 

Conferences

Khodier Ala, Williams Karl S and Dallison Neil (2017) “Pilot-scale Thermal Treatment Of Automotive Shredder Residue: Pyrolysis Char Is A Resource Of Waste?” 7th International Conference on Energy and Sustainability 20-22 September 2017 Seville Spain

Ala Khodier, Karl Williams, Neil Dallison (2017) WIT Transaction on Ecology and the Environment Vol 224 Energy and Sustainability VII p439-450

Ala Khodier, Karl Williams, Neil Dallison (2016) “Challenges Around Automotive Shredder Residue Production And Disposal” 6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste 14-17 November Venice

T J McDonnell, K.S. Williams, J Avison (2016) “Controlling Mercury In The Waste Stream” Proceedings 5th International Conference on Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management 27-30 September 2016 Crete

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

A.B. Munvundika, K.S. Williams and C.N.Lowe (2014) “Landfill Closure and Aftercare in Africa. Can EU Strategies be Used?” 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 pp176-181