Bill is chair of Risk and Security in international relations, as well as a former head of the department of politics, languages and international studies at the University of Bath.
He previously held posts in British Columbia, Canada and in Singapore, as well as at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and in the War Studies Group of King’s College, London.
In 2014 he was officially invested as a visiting professor to the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong – one of China’s top-level Party schools – and his term there was renewed earlier this year.
Bill was educated at Imperial College London, the London School of Economics and New College Oxford. He obtained his PhD through the Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management of Middlesex University.
His main research interest is to examine the causes and consequences of contemporary perceptions of risk, as well as how these are framed and communicated across a range of issues relating to security, science and society.
Bill is a regular speaker at the Battle of Ideas. Last November, following in the steps of former US Secretary for Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and UK Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts, he became the 8th person to give the Vincent Briscoe Security Science Lecture at Imperial College London.