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Dr Elizabeth Williams

Lecturer in Adult Nursing


Dr Elizabeth Williams

T: 01473 338770

Career overview

Elizabeth is an Adult Branch Registered Nurse who, since qualifying in 1989, has worked in the UK, Canada and India in acute medicine.  Elizabeth's areas of expertise include oncology, haematology, HIV/AIDS, neurology and care of the older person, and she has also worked as a policy consultant on HIV/AIDS in resource poor settings.

Current Teaching

Elizabeth is a Lecturer in the School of Health and Sports Sciences and is a Module Leader for the Pre-Registration BSc Nursing Dissertation module as well as being part of the module teams for Nursing Theory 4, Interprofessional Learning 1 and The Global Health module which is offered as part of the BSc Public Health degree.

Research Interests

Elizabeth is a health policy specialist with expertise in qualitative research and a particular focus on post structuralism, postcolonial theory and discourse analysis, and has a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Plymouth which was awarded for research into HIV/AIDS policy and programming in West Bengal, India.  Elizabeth has a regional focus on South Asia and has also worked on HIV/AIDS policy in West and sub-Saharan Africa. Elizabeth has two concurrent areas of research interest. The first is the care and support of people living with HIV/AIDS within the context of resource poor settings, whilst the second relates to integration across health and social care within the context of the UK.

Professional Qualifications

Registered Nurse

Academic Qualifications

BA Honours (First class) South Asian Studies & English
Post Graduate Diploma Social Research

Publications/conference presentations

Williams, E. (2014) Big Ideas: A grief Observed , Nurse Education Today, 34, pp.1335-1337,

Williams, E. (2013) The Millenium Development Goals + 15: What Now For HIV? HIV Nursing.

Williams, E. & Boyce, P. (2012) Packages of Best Practice For Prevention of HIV/AIDS Amongst Most At Risk Populations (Men Who Have Sex With Men and Injecting Drug Users). Unpublished report for the United Nations Development Programme in the West & sub-Saharan Africa region.

Willliams, E. (2009). Non-Governmental Organizations & HIV/AIDS in Kolkata, India: A Discursive Analysis of Policy & Programming. Unpublished PhD thesis. Department of Social Policy, University of Plymouth. 

National/international profile

Fellow Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Member Royal College of Nursing International Humanitarian Community

Member National HIV Nurses Association

Member Post-Colonial Studies Association

Economic & Social Research Council PhD scholarship (full including funding of overseas field work) 1999-2002.

University of Plymouth Research Training Scholarship (full) 1998

Peer Reviewer for Nurse Researcher