Research Officer
Bangor University

After an early career in outdoor education, David worked for a children’s charity supporting the development of the first National Childcare Strategy and then as an independent researcher and policy consultant focusing on early childhood education and care (ECEC) and children’s play.
In 2009 he was seconded to work within Welsh Government to coordinate the development of a cross-sector Children & Young People’s Workforce Strategy and in 2014 was appointed by to the Task & Finish Group reviewing ECEC regulation and inspection and co-authored the ‘Graham Report’ which was submitted to Ministers.
David completed his doctoral research at Bangor University examining why parents make choices between informal and formal childcare, and continues to publish and write about ECEC policy in Wales.
As part of the Bangor University WISERD civil society team examining change in places over time, David has a particular interest in examining the determinants of local volunteering activity and extended this work through the award of funding from UK charity 'Local Trust'.
David has worked on a number of projects with Wales Kidney Research Unit examining the social care context of kidney disease including transition issues for young people and media analysis related to the introduction of soft opt-out organ donation legislation in Wales.
David has most recently been awarded a Fellowship at the National Assembly for Wales. During 2019 he will be working with the Assembly Research Service to provide information about early childhood education and care (ECEC).
 


Journal and Journal Article
Investigating spatial variations in access to childcare provision using network‐based Geographic Information System models
Abstract A “flagship” policy outlined in the current Welsh Government's 2016 Programme for Government aims to provide 30 hours of free early education and childcare per week to the working parents of three‐ and four‐year‐olds. However, in common with many other countries,...
Journal and Journal Article
Investigating spatial variations in access to childcare provision using network‐based Geographic Information System models
A “flagship” policy outlined in the current Welsh Government's 2016 Programme for Government aims to provide 30 hours of free early education and childcare per week to the working parents of three‐ and four‐year‐olds. However, in common with many other countries, there is...
Paper
Biography, place and local civil society
Biography is a mirror of the relationship between place and change. Economic transformations, population movements as well as social and cultural changes are embedded in the biographical narratives of people whose lives they have altered. As part of WISERD Civil Society...
August 2017
Bangor Seminar Bowling together? Civil society in a north east Wales village
16th March 2016 |
Bangor University
In this seminar we presented emergent findings from the WISERD civil society project "civil participation in Wales, in place, and over time". The publication of Putnam’s Bowling Alone (1995) provoked an important debate as to whether participation...