Professor Malcolm Williams

Professor Malcolm Williams

Director, Q-Step

School of Social Sciences

+44 29208 75359
029 20 87 45 20

I joined the University of Plymouth, from City University, London in 1992 as a Lecturer in Sociology.  At Plymouth I taught social theory, research methods and philosophy of the social sciences.  I led the Methodological Innovations Research Group and for four years, from 2001, I also led the Evaluation Research and Innovation Centre (ERIC) and became Professor of Social Research Methodology in 2005.  In the three years prior to joining Cardiff University (in January 2010) I was first Head of the School of Law and Social Science and then Head of the School of Psychosocial Sciences.

My research interests divide into the methodological and empirical.  In the first of these I have an interest in a realist approach to 'methodological problems in the social sciences' and these include probability, causality, representation and objectivity.  Many of my publications are in these areas.  My empirical interests have been in household change, including living alone, housing need and migration. In recent years I have become very interested in and concerned about the 'quantitative deficit' in social science and I have led or participated in several projects in this area.