Swansea Bay Campus
Dr Simon Williams

Dr Simon Williams

Senior Lecturer in People & Organisations, Business

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

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Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Before joining Swansea, Simon was a Lecturer in Aston University and Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago in the United States. He is also currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at Northwestern. He completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy at Cardiff University, and has also held teaching or research positions at the University of Bath and the University of Cambridge.

Simon’s research focuses on (1) the critical analysis of corporate ethics and corporate harm and (2) racial, ethnic and gender inequalities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. He aims to produce research that is of interest to a variety of non-academic audiences as well as to the public more broadly. He has worked with a number of charities and NGOs and his research has been discussed in a number of media outlets including The Times, The BBC and Science Magazine.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Racial, ethnic and gender inequalities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers
  • Career coaching
  • Corporate harm
  • Commercial determinants of health

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

At present he teaches on modules and topics related to Business Ethics and Global Context of Organisation.


Firstly, Simon is interested in the issue of racial-ethnic and gender-based inequalities in academic and scientific medical and scientific careers. Specifically, current research looks at the career aspirations and experiences of PhD students and postdoctoral and early-career researchers under conditions of employment insecurity. He is currently Co-Investigator/ Key personnel on a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant in this area.

Secondly, he is also interested in corporate power and 'corporatology' as related to public health; particularly in the areas of the food, beverage and tobacco industries. His recent book, co-edited with Marion Nestle, on Big Food (Routledge, 2016), explores the role of corporations in the global rise of unhealthy diets and their associated diseases.

Read about Simon's research on Public Views During the Covid Pandemic here