Dr Ben Williams

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  • Qualifications:BSc, PhD, MRSC, MIES, MIAQM
  • Position:Senior Research Fellow: Air Quality Management Resource Centre
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 82276
  • Email:Ben3.Williams@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Ben has 15 years of experience in environmental sampling, measurement, analysis and apportionment of air pollution and other airborne components. His PhD focused on the development of a method for the source apportionment and mapping of fugitive PM from industrial facilities using geochemical fingerprinting and environmental forensic approaches. He worked as an environmental consultant for 5 years, developing and undertaking novel source apportionment investigations for industry and regulatory authorities, and between 2018 and 2020, was seconded into the Environment Agency (England) to aid in the development of the UK's next-generation air quality monitoring networks.

Ben has worked on research projects for national and international research councils, national and local authorities and private organisations (as PI, Co-I and PDRA). He is currently PI of the UKRI funded Homes Under the Microscope study, an airborne microplastics co-creation and citizen science project, and is also developing airborne DNA collection approaches to aid conservation and biodiversity assessments. He is also co-lead of UWE's Biospheric Microplastics Research Cluster.

Ben leads the Yr1 Analysing Environmental Change module and the Yr3 Practicing Waste Management Module within the Environmental Management BSc, and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. He regularly engages with media organisations in both Welsh and English.


Coming Soon: PhD Opportunity in airborne microplastics collection, characterisation and apportionment.

Area of expertise

Air Quality, Dust and Air Quality Monitoring, Airborne Microplastics, Airborne DNA, Source Apportionment, Vehicle Emissions, Domestic Biomass Burning, Environmental Forensics, Citizen Science, Co-Creation


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