Short Biography & Significant Contribution
Chris Williams works within the Centre
for International Education and Research (CIER), and lives in London. Before
joining Birmingham, he held posts at the universities of Bristol, Cambridge,
Cairo, London, and the United Nations. He has also lived in Egypt, Jordan, and
South Africa where he set up education projects for street children.
He has recently been involved in evaluations
of projects in Lebanon for the US Department of Labor (USDoL), in Afghanistan
for the European Commission, for Oxfam in Liberia and UNESCO in Palestine.
Other research has concerned emergency
education in Asia for UNICEF, and disability in India, Thailand, Turkey, and
Japan. Earlier research was for the ESRC Environmental Change Programme - 'The
environmental effects on human intelligence' - and the Joseph Rowntree
Foundation - 'Crime and abuse against people with learning disabilities'.
Current work concerns conceptualizing
'Education and global justice', and links between rehabilitation and education
in emergency contexts, including the dilemmas of 'apocalyptic information'
about global threats. He is also interested in the future of North Korea, and
writes regularly for the Korea Herald.
His research intrests include:
Education and omnicide
Disability rights and inclusion
A 'consilience' (E.O.Wilson) approach to
research - interdisciplinary solution-oriented investigation which considers
all relevant aspects from neuroscience to international relations.
Within the context of 'Educating for global
justice', he teaches across the 'International studies in Education' course,
and has direct responsibility for 'International study skills' and 'Curriculum
design in global contexts'. He has also taught leadership skills at the UN
University in Jordan, street children in South Africa, musicians at the Cairo
Conservatoire, and adults with learning disabilities in Britain.