Dr. Glyn Williams


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Prior to joining the University of Sheffield’s Department of Urban Stduies and Planning in 2006, Glyn’s previous appointments have been as Lecturer in Geography at Keele University (1994-2002), and Lecturer (then Senior Lecturer) in Geography at King’s College London (2003-2006). As Graduate School Lead, Glyn coordinates post-graduate based events and training in international development, including that offered within the Doctoral Training Centre.

Research Interests

Glyn’s research addresses three key themes: poverty and participation; state power and political practices; and environmentalism and environmental governance. This research is interdisciplinary, addressing issues of interest to planning, human geography, political science and development studies. Glyn’s empirical work to date has been based in India, where he has undertaken extensive field-based research (funded by the ESRC, DFID and the British Academy) including a DFID/ESRC funded project, Embedding Poor People´s Voices in Local Governance, which has examined the impacts of decentralized governance initiatives on poor and marginalised people in Kerala and West Bengal. Glyn is currently the chair of the Developing Areas Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers, and is a member the British Association of South Asian Studies, and the Development Studies Association.

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