Member Profile

Will Thomas

Course Leader, MSc Sustainable Business
University of Suffolk

Will joined the Suffolk Business School in September 2013 having worked for University of Suffolk since its inception in 2007. He took on the role of Interim Deputy Head of School in October 2015 and currently fulfils this role alongside teaching and research in the department.

Will is also Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Business Management and is responsible for the overall shape of the course, admissions and learning and teaching. He teaches undergraduate modules in management, the business environment (economics), human resources and research methods. Will also manages the undergraduate dissertations. At postgraduate level, Will supports research projects on the PgDip Human Resource Management.

In addition to academic teaching, Will is an experienced tutor on GRADSchool programmes (professional development of researchers) and on Leadership in Action programmes (leadership development and skills). In previous roles Will delivered Skills for Life (adult basic skills) and Customer Service training.

Will completed his studies at the University of Essex. He has a BA (Hons) Politics, MA Ethics, Politics and Public Policy and graduated in 2008 with a PhD in Philosophy. His work focused on the capacity of moral theories to address changes in the way that animals are used in scientific research. This work brings together moral philosophy, public policy and politics. These interests continue in current research activity which looks at the delivery of public services, with a particular focus on health and social care.

Will has been responsible for the delivery of a large number of high-profile commissioned research projects for the public sector focussing on the evaluation of public health projects, the development of multi-agency and inter-professional approaches to complex and ‘wicked’ social problems and the provision of social care support. These reports have contributed to the development and refinement of public policy within the region. Will also has a long-standing relationship with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and has advised them on policy issues for several years.

Will’s research interests are wide-ranging and include an interest in the application of moral theory in professional settings including in the operation of inter-professional teams and notions of care, responsibility and duty within the public sector. He also maintains an interest in the politics of research and in particular the use of qualitative research for policymaking. Will has acted as a review for theJournal of Sociology and Social Policy and for the Journal of Health Organisation and Management

Specialties: Research management, ethics of care, social ecology, sustainability, CSR, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, professional ethics, bid writing, report writing, research analysis