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David Dallimore

David Dallimore.jpgRole: Research Officer

Institution: Bangor University



After an early career in outdoor education, David worked for a childcare charity supporting the development of the first National Childcare Strategy in England and Wales from 1998 and then as an independent researcher and consultant managing and delivering a wide range of research and consultancy projects.

David’s specialism is in early childhood and has researched extensively in this field as well as writing reports such as the 2003 ‘Flying Start’ report for Welsh Government. He also has experience in a number of other fields, particularly health and social care where he has contributed research to inform national policy development. In 2009 David was seconded to work within Welsh Government to coordinate the development of a cross-sector Children & Young People’s Workforce Strategy. More recently he was appointed by to the Task & Finish Group reviewing early childcare education and care regulation and inspection and co-authored the ‘Graham Report’ which was submitted to Welsh Ministers in July 2014.

He is an associate consultant for Care Council for Wales, Family & Childcare Trust and National Children’s Bureau.

David has lectured in social policy at Bangor University and Coleg Llandrillo Menai teaching a range of modules including Child Poverty, Comparative Health & Welfare, Children’s Rights, Multi-Agency Working and Research Methods.

In 2011, David was awarded an Anniversary Scholarship by Bangor University and has completed doctoral research examining why parents make choices between informal and formal childcare and why this is important for policy making.

Research Interests

  • Early childhood education and care policy and practice
  • Comparative national and international ECEC policy
  • Welfare systems
  • Child poverty and social exclusion
  • Choice in public services
  • Intergenerational issues

Current Research

David is a part of the Bangor WISERD team undertaking qualitative research examining Civic Participation in Wales, in place and over time (Civil Society work package 1.1) theme.

He is also researching early childhood education and care policy and practice in Wales.



Latest News
Young People and Brexit

22nd March 2017

WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Poverty and Food Banks in Wales

16th March 2017

Poverty and the rise of food banks in Wales were the focus of research shared at WISERD’s latest civil society seminar, held at Cardiff last night. PhD student, David Beck and Dr Hefin Gwilym from Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences presented findings from their research exploring the experience of food poverty in Wales.


Featured Events
26 April, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (room to be confirmed)

As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.