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Dr Richard Williams

Senior Lecturer

Richard Williams

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 592214

Research overview

Dr Williams is a member of the Department of Management Science and actively involved in three of its research groups: Information Systems Research Group, Health Systems Research Group, and Simulation and Stochastic Modelling Research Group. In addition, he is a member of: the multidisciplinary Data Science Institute (DSI); the Centre for Technological Futures (CTF); and the Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre (LIRA). Dr Williams' research revolves around the broad theme of Complex Systems Science. At present, he has particular interests in two main areas around: Operational Research of Health and Illness (Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Medicine), and Operational Research of Social Dynamics in Information System projects.

PhD supervision

Dr Williams is willing to supervise PhD students who have research interests around computational modelling and simulation of complex real-world systems. His expertise is within agent-based modelling and simulation of complex biological and social systems, however he is interested in modelling and simulation techniques broadly. At present, Dr Williams has two main research interests: 1) computational modelling and simulation of complex systems in order to allow us to use simulation-based experimentation to answer novel questions of the real-world; 2) using existing computational models to enable us to develop novel statistical and software engineering techniques to ensure that computational models, especially agent-based models, are fit-for-purpose. Although he is an expert in agent-based modelling and simulation, Dr Williams is comfortable in supervising PhD students who would like to use alternative modelling paradigms, e.g. Differential Equations, System Dynamics, Discrete Event Simulation, etc. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD with Dr Williams, then please get in touch via email to discuss the computational paradigm(s) and the domain (i.e. case study, business process, epidemiological system) that you are interested in.

Career Details

  • 2019 +           Senior Lecturer in Management Science, Department of Management Science, Lancaster University
  • 2015 - 2019    Lecturer in Management Science, Department of Management Science, Lancaster University
  • 2013 - 2015    SAMS-ESRC-UKCES Management and Business Development Fellow, Department of Management Science, Lancaster University
  • 2004 - 2009    Project Manager (Consultant), Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
  • 2001 - 2004    Applications Consultant (Programmer), Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
  • 1999 - 2000    Associate Consultant, Cambridge Professional Development Ltd

Research Interests

Currently focused around Complexity in Information Systems Project Management, because:

The implementation and management of large information system (IS) projects often becomes the preserve of external service providers. Some of the larger IS projects consist of hundreds of customer and third-party team members, who may be located across multiple geographies, and time zones. It has been argued that the increasing size and complexity of these IS projects, leads them to exhibit the behaviours and traits of complex systems.

Without a clear understanding of the emergent behaviours of large IS projects, it is difficult to predict the likelihood of successful implementation.

Professional Role

Dr Williams is a Member of the Department's Engagement Strategic Team and a Member of the Pendle College Advisor Team (PCAT).

He has previously been the Early Career Representative on the University Research Committee (2014-15); the Director of Part I Undergraduate Studies in Management Science (2015-16); a Member of the Department's Undergraduate Teaching Steering Committee (2013-2020); a Member of the Department's Research & Enterprise Steering Committee (2017-18); Director of Business Analytics and Consultancy degree and the Director of Part II UG Studies within the Department of Management Science (2018-2020); and a Member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (2016-2019).

Current Teaching


Previous Teaching: 

MSCI105 Project Challenge (2015-17, 2019)

MSCI251 Project Management Tools and Techniques (2013-18)

MSCI304 Developing Management Information Systems (2019)

MSCI390 Business Analytics & Consultancy Consolidation Project (2016-17; 2019-20)

MSCI610 Principles of Project Management (2017)

MSCI611 Applied Project Management (2017)

FMBA508 Digital Innovation in Business (2016-18)

STOR601 Simulation (2017-20) 


Dr Williams has academic qualifications within the fields of Biochemistry (BSc Wales, MPhil Cambridge), Computational Biology (MRes York), Computer Science (MSc Kent, PhD York), and Higher Education (PGCertAP Lancaster). In addition he has a number of professional certifications and registrations, including: Chartered Professional Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS CITP), Project Management Professional of the Project Management Institute (PMP), Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

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