Social Sciences

David Clifford

BA, MSc, PhD

Primary position:
Lecturer in Demography

Background

The University of Southampton

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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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Clifford, David, Geyne Rajme, Frida, Smith, Graham, Edwards, Rebecca, Buchs, Milena and Saunders, Clare (2013) Mapping the Environmental Third Sector in England: A distinctive field of activity? Voluntary Sector Review, 4, (2), 241-264. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080513X668584).
Backus, Peter and Clifford, David (2013) Are big charities becoming more dominant? Cross-sectional and longitudinal perspectives. Journal of Royal Statistical Society: Series A (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2012.01057.x). (In Press).
Lindsey, Rose and Clifford, David Michael (2011) Deprived communities have fewer charities and voluntary groups. The Guardian (Guardian Professional), Tuesday 20 September 2011 06.30 BST
Clifford, David, Falkingham, Jane and Hinde, Andrew (2010) Through civil war, food crisis and drought: trends in fertility and nuptiality in post-Soviet Tajikistan. European Journal of Population, 26, (3), 325-350. (doi:10.1007/s10680-010-9206-x).

Conference or Workshop Item

Lindsey, Rose and Clifford, David Michael (2011) Live Q&A: encouraging community action in deprived areas. In, Live Q&A from the communityactionhub Guardian Voluntary Sector Network, London, GB,

Monograph

Clifford, David, Geyne Rajme, Frida, Smith, Graham, Edwards, Rebecca, Buchs, Milena and Saunders, Clare (2013) Mapping the environmental third sector in England. , Third Sector Research Centre, University of Southampton (Third Sector Research Centre Working Papers, 98).

Thesis

Clifford, David Michael (2009) Marriage and fertility change in post-Soviet Tajikistan. University of Southampton, School of Social Sciences, Doctoral Thesis , 160pp.
 

Research

Research Interests

The voluntary sector
Research, with colleagues from the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), describes:

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.

Demography

Research, with colleagues in Demography at the University of Southampton, describes:

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.

Teaching Responsibilities

DEMO 3008 - Population and the Environment
STAT 6077 - Social Science data: sources and measurement
DEMO 6023 - Population, poverty and policy

Contact

Dr David Clifford
Reception Building 58
University of Southampton
Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4015

Telephone: (023) 8059 3352
Email: David.Clifford@soton.ac.uk