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Paul Williams

Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy


  • Ph.D. (University of Bristol) ‘Collaborative Capabilities and the Management of Interdependencies: The Contribution of Boundary Spanners’ 2006.

  • MSc in Policy Studies. First Class (University of Bristol) 1998

  • MSc in Town Planning University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology 1972

  • BSc (Soc.Sci) in Geography. Upper Second Class Honours (University of Bristol) 1970

Contact details

Dr Paul Williams is Reader in Public Management and Collaboration at the School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Following a 20-year career in Welsh local government, he moved into academia at the University of Swansea, prior to joining Cardiff Metropolitan University. He lectures on public and strategic management, leadership development and research methods.

His research interests are focused on multi-sector collaboration and he has undertaken research studies particularly in Wales on sustainable development, equality in local government, community strategies and partnership working between health and social care.

Paul has an international reputation for his work on the role and competencies of boundary spanners. In addition, he has researched and published widely on integration in health and social care, especially leadership, and learning and knowledge management.

Research interests

  • Multi-organizational and inter-organizational collaboration
  • Boundary spanning and boundary spanners
  • Integration of health and social care
  • Learning and Knowledge Management


Teaching and Management development

I have been involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching for 10 years including formal teaching on accredited programmes (Programme Director of an M.A. in Public Policy and Management; Module convenor on MBA Programmes in Strategic Management; teaching on research methods and sustainable development) and teaching on management development/leadership programmes primarily to a public and third sector audience (e.g. leadership for collaboration programme; leadership for head teachers).

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