BA, MSc, PhD
- Primary position:
- Lecturer in Demography
David has research interests at the interface of demography and social policy.
Research on the voluntary sector describes patterns in the prevalence, funding, and growth of voluntary organisations.
Research in demography describes demographic trends in Central Asia, placing them within the context of macro-level social and economic changes during the late- and post-Soviet period.
David is also interested in issues at the intersection of these two main themes. For example, current research describes patterns in the country of operation of British charities working overseas, in a variety of international contexts.
David studied geography as an undergraduate (St Catherine’s College, Oxford), and Social Statistics (MSc) and Demography (PhD) as a postgraduate (University of Southampton).
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The voluntary sector
Research, with colleagues from the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), describes:
- geographical differences in the prevalence of voluntary organisations in different parts of the country. This has featured in the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network, forming the basis for an online discussion.
- the kinds of voluntary organisations that are in receipt of government funds, and the kinds of areas that have a high share of publicly funded organisations. Some of the findings were reported in Third Sector magazine; in a report funded by the Baring Foundation on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector; and in the Public Administration Select Committee Report on the Big Society (page 24).
- whether big charities are increasingly dominating total charitable income. The research takes a longitudinal approach, examining the relationship between initial charity income and subsequent growth in income. Reported in ESRC’s ‘Britain in 2011’ magazine.
- The profile of voluntary organisations working in the environmental field.
While research on voluntary action has tended to focus on individuals, there has been very little quantitative work on voluntary organisations. Therefore, he and others at the TSRC have made use of administrative data on organisations collected by the Charity Commission. They have linked data together to provide a unique longitudinal dataset which follows charities through time, facilitating research on changes within the sector, as well as geographical patterns.
Research, with colleagues in Demography at the University of Southampton, describes:
- Trends in rates of marriage and fertility, during a period of dramatic social and economic change, in Tajikistan specifically and in Central Asia more generally
- The relationship between migration and fertility in Tajikistan, and the implications of international labour migration for those ‘left behind’
- Patterns of internal migration in post-apartheid South Africa
International connections of philanthropy
As well as continuing with research interests in the voluntary sector and in demography, David is interested in research at the intersection of these two themes.
For example, work in progress describes patterns in the country of operation of British charities working overseas, in a variety of international contexts. This project is funded under the ESRC Future Leaders scheme.
DEMO 3008 - Population and the Environment
STAT 6077 - Social Science data: sources and measurement
DEMO 6023 - Population, poverty and policy