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).

Books and Book Chapters
Local Civil Society: Time, Place and Boundaries
Civil Society Book Series 2021 Drawing on place-based field investigations and new empirical analysis, this original book investigates civil society at local level. The concept of civil society is contested and multifaceted, and this text offers assessment and clarification...
Civil Society, Localities | December 2021
Reports and Briefings
Early Childhood Education and Care: Policy Development
This briefing is the third in a series providing a quick guide to early childhood education and care (ECEC). The first two papers considered how ECEC services can be structured, organised and delivered. This final paper looks at the key policy questions around ECEC including...
Education | September 2019
Reports and Briefings
Early Childhood Education and Care in Wales: An introduction
This briefing is the first in a series providing a quick guide to early childhood education and care (ECEC). It introduces the concept of ECEC, sets out evidence for different approaches to ECEC and relates this to current policy in Wales. It has been produced for the...
Education | May 2019
Journal Articles
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...
Seminar Book launch: Social Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present
25th November 2021 |
In May 2019 Professor John Morgan, convened a joint symposium between the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), the Learned Society of Wales, The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, and WISERD. The outcome of that event is the new publication Social...
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...