UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Sion Williams-Eliyesil

Sion is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).

Sion is a PhD candidate investigating the role that States take in shaping organisational behaviour in rapid and radical innovative collaboration. Sion holds graduate degrees in social and organisational psychology from the Universities of Exeter and Oxford and was part of the first cohort to complete the IIPP MPA programme. 
His research focuses on the coalitions of actors that developed vaccines in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sion’s work also focuses on the role that emergent collective identities play in binding coalitions of stakeholders in the creation of movements, with a view to understanding how inter-organisational movements shape the production of innovation within ecosystems. 
By applying novel elements of social and organisational psychological theory, Sion’s work aims to broaden the toolkit of behavioural public policy to include more co-creative and participative mechanisms for shaping behaviour. 
Sion’s research is informed by over a decade's experience in working with organisations and governments to shape behaviour in systems of innovation. He currently holds the position of Culture and Integration Expert at the Doha-based NGO, Qatar Foundation, where he focuses on building greater synergy between government, education and health institutions, and social programmes to address national grand challenges for the small Gulf state.
Sion is also an active member of the teaching team and continues to contribute to the Transformation by Design module as part of the Institute's MPA programme.