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Professor David Gordon


Dr David Gordon is Professor of Social Justice and the Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research and the Bristol Poverty Institute at the University of Bristol, UK.  He has written and edited over two hundred books, papers and reports on poverty, inequality and social exclusion, social justice and social policy.

Professor Gordon was a member of the UN Expert Group on Poverty Statistics (Rio Group) and contributed to its ‘Compendium of Best Practice in Poverty Measurement.  He has acted as an external expert for the European Union Working Group on Income, Poverty and Social Exclusion and was a member ofthe EU Task Force on Material Deprivation.  He was appointed as a scientific advisor to the European Union/Latin American Network 10 - Fight against Urban Poverty. He advised the United Nations Department for Economic & Social Affairs (UNDESA) on poverty and hunger issues amongst young people (aged 15 to 24) and contributed to the 2005, 2007 and 2009 World Youth Reports.  Professor Gordon advised the World Health Organisation on measurement issues concerning water & sanitation access in low and middle income countries. He worked with UNICEF on its first ever Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities, providing scientific advice and support to over 50 UNICEF country offices.  Professor Gordon was also an international advisor for the development of the official multidimensional poverty measure in Mexico and has advised the New Zealand and UK Governments on poverty measurement and anti-poverty policies.

From 2008 to 2011, he held a public appointment to the Child Poverty Expert Group, a Ministerial Advisory Group that provided the Minister for Children and the Welsh Assembly Government with expert, evidenced based advice on the actions needed to tackle child poverty in Wales.  He recently led the Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom  project, which was the largest project of its kind in UK history. In 2006 and 2007, he was given the tremendous honour of addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations about child and youth poverty