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Research Profile

Prof Gareth Williams 

Career Profile

  • Medical Sociologist, Arthritis and Rheumatism Council Epidemiology Research Unit, University of Manchester, 1980-1990
  • Senior Research Fellow, Reader then Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Salford, 1990-1999
  • Deputy Director, Public Health Research and Resource Centre, University of Salford, 1996-1999
  • Professorial Fellow/Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, 1999-present; and Associate Director, Cardiff Institute for Society, Health and Ethics

Career Overview

Gareth Williams has worked in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University since 1999, where he teaches medical sociology, and is currently a Professor of Sociology.  Prior to coming to Cardiff, he was Professor of Sociology and Deputy Director of the Public Health Research and Resource Centre at the University of Salford.  He is Director of the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit and Associate Director of the Cardiff Institute of Society and Health (CISHE).  Gareth has written and published widely in journals and books on the themes of chronic illness and disability, health policy, health inequalities and lay knowledge.  In recent times he has undertaken research on and with local communities dealing with the consequences of health inequalities (see: S. Cropper et al, Community Health and Well Being: Action Research on Health Inequalities, Policy Press 2007), and the particular health impacts of housing renewal and open-cast coalmining.  With colleagues in Durham and Aberdeen he has also examined the impact of devolution on health inequalities policies and governance in Wales, Scotland and England.  He is a member of committees advising the Welsh Assembly Government, the Department of Health and the UK’s National Prevention Research Initiative.  He has recently been appointed by the Minister of Health and Social Services in the Welsh Assembly to Public Health Wales as a Non-Executive Director.

Memberships / External Activities

Director of the Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Well-Being (CISHe-WB)

Editor-in-Chief, Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of Medical Sociology

Non-Executive Director, Public Health Wales

Teaching Profile

GW has long-standing experience of teaching sociology of health and illness, health policy and research methods.

Co-convenes and teaches the final year undergraduate module SI0148, Advanced Sociology of Health, Medicine and Illness.

Co-convenes and teaches the Masters/Professional Doctorate module Community, Sustainable Health and Well-Being.