Dr David Williams

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  • Qualifications:PhD Social Practice Theory, MSc Environmental Management for Business, BSc (Hons) Human and Physical Geography
  • Position:Research Associate
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 87752
  • Email:David23.Williams@uwe.ac.uk

About me

David is a Research Associate in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments, within the Department for Geography and Environmental Management. David is currently working on the ESRC funded PARCOUR project, a three year study (2015-2018) exploring public-private partnerships in urban regeneration. PARCOUR seeks to understand how the public benefit from these types of agreements. David is working with Prof Rob Atkinson and Dr Andrew Tallon at UWE, as well as colleagues in the Netherlands and Brazil.

David was previously a doctoral candidate through the RCUK Funded Disruption Project investigating ways to use disruption to enable low carbon travel. David was supervised by Dr Tim Chatterton of the Air Quality Management Resource Centre, Prof Graham Parkhurst of the Centre for Transport and Society and Dr Fiona Spotswood of the UWE Business School. David's research explored the applicability of social practice theory within the sustainable transport sector. David developed a framework for applying social practice theory to help identify where change needed to occur to create the opportunity for people to travel sustainably.

In June 2017 David was awarded the Wolfson Economic Prize Lightbulb Award for Innovation for his concept of Harnessing Energy from Highways. David's concept paper focussed on developing hybrid-energy systems to capture energy from the forces that transport infrastructure is exposed to everyday: solar radiation, wind, water movement and kinetic energy from vehicles travelling over the road surface. David's paper identified a low cost, low risk delivery mechanism that would allow existing and emerging technologies to move from the prototype phase to delivery. David is actively seeking academic funding to continue this research.

Prior to undertaking his academic career David worked in the transport planning sector in England working both in consultancy and within local authorities. His varied workload included: bidding for funding from government and EU sources, highway maintenance, traffic modelling and travel planning.‚Äč

Area of expertise

Urban Regeneration

Behaviour Change

Social Theory

Green Energy Technology

Low Emission Vehicles

Local Authority Funding

European bid funding for businesses

Transport/Travel Planning


Doctoral candidate on the EPSRC/RCUK Energy Programme Disruption project, looking at unlocking low carbon travel practices (2011-2014).

The UWE Graduate School Committee, Post Graduate Representative (2012-2013).


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