Professor Colin C. Williams
Professor of Public Policy
Colin Williams is Professor of Public Policy and joined the Management School in September 2006. Prior to this, he was a professor in the School of Management at the University of Leicester.
Teaching and Learning
Colin adopts an enthusiastic research-led approach to his teaching using case studies from his current research projects to convey the practical importance of the topics covered in his lectures. His teaching on the Future of Work (MGT6098) is based on the in-depth research he conducted for his book Re-thinking the future of work (Routledge) whilst his teaching on Managing Local and Regional Economies (MGT6097) draws extensively on his consultancy projects conducted for numerous local and regional Governments and central Government agencies.
In this way, his students receive not only theoretically-informed understandings of contemporary issues of policy relevance, but also cutting-edge knowledge of how issues are being conceptualised and acted upon in policy terms. In doing so, he hopes to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in both private sector consultancy organisations as well as Government agencies that seek to tackle the problems he lectures on. His past students have now successfully progressed to become partners in large private sector consultancy companies, highly-skilled private sector consultants, heads of national voluntary organisations and directors of local Government departments.
Colin's broad research interests are in re-theorising the nature of economic development and investigating the implications for public policy. Spatially, his interests range across the full spectrum from local and regional economic development in the UK through to the restructuring of western economies, post-socialist societies and the third (majority) world. Much of his work focuses upon rethinking the meanings of 'economic' and 'development,' which directly feeds into the work of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED).
Colin's particular research interest is in studying the magnitude and character of the informal economy and evaluating different public policy approaches and initiatives for tackling this sphere.
Colin currently serves as Editor of two journals: