I am Professor of Environment and Health, with research interests in water quality and sanitation, environmental pathogen ecology, sustainable agriculture & agroecology, and sustainable disease & waste management. My work adopts methods and theories from both the natural & social sciences and employs both qualitative & participatory approaches with a significant level of engagement with local communities.
2019 – Professor
2016-2019. Senior Lecturer (University of Stirling)
2012-2016. Lecturer (University of Stirling)
2007-2012. Post-doctoral Research Associate (Bangor University)
2006 Ph.D, Plant Physiology & Pathology (University of Sheffield)
2002 BSc. Plant biology (Bangor University)
Current projects as Principal Investigator
2021-2025: SPACES: Sustainable Plastic Attitudes to benefit Communities and their Environments (£3.85 million; NERC-GCRF)
2021-2022: Using genomic sequencing to identify and characterise genospecies within the Rhizobium leguminosarum complex linked to increased performance and yield of a legume crop (£57k, BBSRC)
2021-2022: Sustainable waste management and Covid-19: an opportunity to build resilience into the livelihoods of informal waste pickers in South Africa (£30k; SFC-GCRF Covid-19 Urgency call)
2019-2023: Microbial hitchhikers of marine plastics: survival, persistence, and ecology of microbial communities in the ‘Plastisphere’ (£1.85 million, NERC) https://plasticvectors.stir.ac.uk/
For more information see: https://rsquilliam.wordpress.com/
Research group – Environmental Sustainability and Human Health (ESHH) research group
The ESHH research group at the University of Stirling tackles global issues of sustainability and environmental management by combining methods and theories from the natural and social sciences. Our work is carried out in the context of sustainable agriculture, environmental pollution, and food and water security, and is underpinned by a significant level of engagement with the local community and a wide range of stakeholders.