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Emeritus Professor of Sociology.

Until May 2009, David was Head of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, responsible for its overall management. As a Pro Vice-Chancellor, he also had a number of corporate roles, including responsibility for research and for research degrees. For many years he taught sociology on undergraduate, graduate and professional programmes, as well as contributing to the teaching of research methods at Masters level and on the Graduate School’s doctoral programme.

David's current work focuses principally on diversity in the Armed Forces with particular reference to the recruitment and retention of minority ethnic personnel.

He has recently completed some commissioned research for the British Army on the enlistment of foreign and Commonwealth soldiers.

Career overview

David has successfully supervised PhD and MPhil students in a variety of fields in sociology and social policy. Current and past supervisions include work on: equal opportunities in the armed services; minority ethnic groups' access to regeneration funds; temporary workers; minority ethnic workers in the textile industry; military careers, identities and families; the impact of globalisation on the organisation and practice of vegetarianism; local exchange and trading systems; various aspects of employment in the contemporary financial services industries; and hidden ‘mixed race’ identities.

As a retired member of staff, David is no longer available to act as a lead supervisor for PhD students but is happy to act as a co-supervisor for appropriate projects in sociology and social policy.

External activity

David is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. He is currently Treasurer of the European Resaerch Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS).

He has formerly served, inter alia, on the following external bodies:

  • member of the Editorial Board of Sociology, the Journal of the British Sociological Association, 1991-94
  • member of the British Sociological Association, Postgraduate Education and Training Committee, 1994-99
  • member of the Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society, 1996
  • Editor, Sociology, 1997-00
  • member of the British Sociological Association, Publications Committee, 1997-00
  • Chair, Heads of Departments of Sociology Council, 1999-05
  • member of the British Sociological Association, Academic Affairs Committee, 2000-02
  • member of the Commissioning Panel, ESRC Priority Network on Gender and (In)equality: the dynamics of difference, 2002-03
  • member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Virtual Research College, Sociology, History, Anthropology and Resources (SHARe), 2001-05
  • member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Training and Development Board, 2001-05 (Vice-Chair 2004-05)
  • Chair, ESRC Board of Examiners, Research Studentship Competition 2002-05
  • member of the Commissioning Panels for the ESRC National Centre for eSocial Science and for Centre Nodes, 2003-07 (Chair 2007)
  • member of the ESRC Large Grants Panel, 2006
  • Deputy Chair and sometime interim Chair, Advisory Committee for the National Centre for eSocial Science (NCeSS) 2004-09
  • Chair, Sociology Subject Assessment Panel, ESRC Recognition Exercise 2005 and 2007.

Sponsors and collaborators

David's collaborations include his longstanding work with Professor Christopher Dandeker (King's College, London). His research has received funding from a range of bodies including:

  • The Employment Department (now the Department for Work and Pensions)
  • ESRC
  • The English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting
  • The Ministry of Defence
  • The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.