David is a Professor of Economics. His main areas of research are labour markets, regional economics and public policy, and he has published papers in the Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.
From 1996 to 2005 he was the Head of Economics, 2005 to 2008 the Deputy Head of the School of Business and Economics and 2012 to 2013 the Director of Research, College of Business, Economics and Law. He was a member of Royal Economic Society Committee for Women in Economics 2002-2011 and from 1991 to 1995 he was convenor of the Labour Economics Study Group.
He was a member of the Business and Management panel and Economics and Econometrics panel for REA2008 and REF2014. In 1999, 2006 and 2014 he was a member of The QAA Panel, responsible for writing the Benchmark statement for Economics. He was also a member of ABS Panel producing Academic Journal Quality Guide 2008-2011. David's ESRC responsibilities include being a member of the Research Resources Board 2006-2010, Senior Examiner (Economics) for PhD Competition 2003-2006, Chair of Postgraduate Training Recognition Panel for Economics 2007 and deputy chair in 2005. He was a member of CHUDE Steering Group 2001-2010 and NHS Pay Review Body 2009-2015. David has attracted research grant income from a number of areas including the ESRC, European Social Fund, Welsh Government, WDA, HEFCW, Equal Opportunities Commission, Equalities and Human Rights Commission, SIGOMA and BP.
He is currently Director of Welsh Economy Labour Market Evaluation and Research Centre (WELMERC), Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD), Associate Director of Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) and Deputy Chair of Business and Management panel REF 2021.
He is also a Fellow of The Learned Society of Wales. David is currently supervising PhD students in the areas of Regional and Labour Economics.
Selected Research Grants:
WELMERC, ESF £1.6m
SERC, ESRC and Government Department £3.6m (lead from LSE)
WISERD, HEFCW and ESRC £4.8m (lead from Cardiff)