Prior to academic, research and teaching, David worked in local government as a Senior Policy Officer including 10 years (1984-1994) at Sheffield City Council within the Planning and Economic Development directorate where he was involved with developing economic and social regeneration policies for the city. Since 1994 he has been working in the University sector, as a Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography at Huddersfield University and following this completed his PhD at the Open University. After completing his PhD, David was appointed as Principal Researcher in Centre for Economic and Development Research (in 2005) and has been involved as both leader and senior researcher in developing research in comparative welfare and active labour market policy with a specific interest on the Danish and Nordic models. Other research interests include employment and skills policy, economic governance, and social inclusion. Examples of research include devolution, regional governance and the economic needs of deprived localities (for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation), Welfare Reforms, Job rotation and active labour market policies for people with long term health problems in EU (funded by the British Academy), and Quality of Work and Life in a Changing Europe (for the European Commission 2006-2009) and a research project on the role of the trade unions on the Sector Skills Councils completed in 2010 and funded by the Wales Institute of Social Research and Data Methods. Recent projects include a 15 country study for the European Commission 'Renewing VET provision: Understanding feedback mechanisms between initial VET and the labour market'. http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/Files/5537_en.pdf
The report was published in November. David is currently (2013-2014)working on two projects an Economic and Social Research Council funded research on the 'Politics of conditional rights in social policy in the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK)'. The research is led by Dr Anne Daguerre in the Business School. The second project involves a comparative study of activation policies for disabled people in the UK and Denmark focusing upon disabled people as actors in the service delivery process. This work is undertaken with Professor Thomas Bredgaard at Aalborg University in Denmark.
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