Simon Williams

Lecturer in Sociology
Undergraduate Programme Director for Sociology and Policy

Simon is a sociologist of health, medicine and science by background. His recent research interests are in two main areas. Firstly, he is interested in the social and political causes of, and policy responses to, a range of public health issues, such as obesity, mental ill health. His recent book, co-edited with Marion Nestle, on Big Food (Routledge, 2016), explores a number of the social, cultural and political factors that have contributed to the global rise of unhealthy diets and their associated diseases. Secondly, Simon has conducted research on the issue of racial and gender-based inequalities in medical and scientific careers. Currently, his research seeks to explore and address the social determinants of the underrepresentation of women and racial and ethnic minority scientists. He is currently Co-Investigator on a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant in this area.

Simon 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.

Before joining Aston, Simon was 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.