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Professor David Gordon

Professor David Gordon

Professor David Gordon
B.Sc.(Sus.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Professorial Research Fellow in Social Justice

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Social Science Complex,
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Summary

I currently hold the posts of Professor of Social Justice, Director of the Bristol Poverty Institute and Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol.  I provide research leadership for multidisciplinary poverty relevant research across the University of Bristol.

 

I have an international reputation for research into issues of poverty and social justice and I have written and edited over two hundred books, papers and reports on these subjects.  I was a member of the UN Expert Group on Poverty Statistics (Rio Group) and contributed to its ‘Compendium of Best Practice in Poverty Measurement’.  I acted as an external expert for the European Union Working Group on Income, Poverty and Social Exclusion and was a member of the EU Task Force on Material Deprivation.  I was appointed as a scientific advisor to the European Union/Latin American Network 10 - Fight against Urban Poverty. I also advise both the United Nations Department for Economic & Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Commonwealth Secretariat on poverty and hunger issues amongst young people (aged 15 to 29) and contributed to the 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 World Youth Reports.  I have advised the World Health Organisation on measurement issues concerning water and sanitation access and policy in low and middle income countries. I worked with UNICEF on its first ever Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities, which involved providing scientific advice and support to over 50 UNICEF country offices and in 2016 I was appointed as an Advisory Board member for the UNICEF Office of Research in Florence.  I was appointed as an international advisor for the development of the official multidimensional poverty measure in Mexico and advised the New Zealand and UK Governments on poverty measurement and anti-poverty policies.  From 2008 to 2011, I 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, evidence-based advice on the actions needed to eradicate child poverty in Wales.  Finally, I 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, I was given the tremendous honour of addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations about child and youth poverty.  In 2018, I had the honour of being elected as a Fellow of the British Academy for my work on poverty research.

Biography

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

Teaching

I supervised the following PhD students:

  1. Brenda Henson (1993-1995) Rural Poverty in Britain. Part Time, University of Bristol PhD Scholarship. Jointly supervised with Sarah Payne.
  2. Pauline Heslop, (1995-1998), Childhood Factors Associated with the Self-reporting of Long-standing Illness, Disability or Infirmity in Adulthood. University of Bristol PhD Scholarship.  PhD awarded November 1998, jointly supervised with Sarah Payne
  3. Gamini Wedande, (1996-2001) Trade Facilitation in the Developing Countries: The Role of EDI, ESRC award, jointly supervised with Professor Ray Forrest.   MPhil awarded January 2008.
  4. Demi Patsios, (1997-2000) Modelling the Future Care Needs of the Elderly. ESRC award, jointly supervised with Randall Smith. PhD, awarded January 2001
  5. Eldin Famhy (1997-2000), The Development and Socio-economic Determinants of Political Socialisation in Young Adults. ESRC award. PhD awarded May 2001.
  6. Simon Pemberton, (1999-2003) The Production of Harm in the UK: A Social Harm Perspective. ESRC Award.PhD awarded January 2004.
  7. He-Chiun Liou (1999-2004) Taiwan’s mountain policies and the poverty of the indigenous people. ORS award. PhD. awarded June 2005.
  8. Catherine Whiteway (2002- 2004) - Poverty Policy and Morality. Self funded part time PhD – Catherine withdrew her registration in 2004 for funding and health reasons and sadly died in 2007.
  9. Serena Hussain (2002-2005) A Statistical profile of Muslims in Britain, ESRC Case award with the Muslim Council of Britain, jointly supervised with Professor Tariq Modood (Sociology). PhD awarded January 2006.
  10. Luis Gorjon (2003 - 2008) Structural Adjustment in Mexico, Social and Economic Impacts, Mexican Government scholarship, jointly supervised with Professor Peter Townsend. PhD awarded January 2009.
  11. Shailen Nandy (2004 to 2009) An analysis of trends in child poverty in the developing world at the end of the 20th century. ESRC 1+3 award, jointly supervised with Christina Pantazis. PhD awarded June 2010.
  12. Wengang Weng (2004 – 2010) Systemized Discrimination: A Case Study of Chinese Peasants in Mao’s China. ORS award, jointly supervised with Simon Pemberton.  PhD awarded December 2010.
  13. Christopher Deeming (2005 – 2008) The ‘Meaning and Measurement of Poverty’: Determining Semi-normative Food Poverty Lines for Healthy Participatory Living, University of Bristol PhD Scholarship. PhD awarded June 2008.
  14. Karen Bell (2006 to 2010) Environmental Justice: Lessons from Cuba. ESRC 1+3 Award, jointly supervised with Simon Pemberton. PhD awarded April 2011.
  15. Admore Tshuma (2006 to 2012) Effective mechanisms of addressing socio-economic inequalities: A case study of the South African solidarity tax. Wingate PhD Scholarship, jointly supervised with Simon Pemberton. PhD awarded 2013
  16. Sarika Seshadri (2007 to 2013) Drink me, save lives: social enterprise and governance in transnational partnerships for development, ESRC 1+3 Case award with Frank Water, jointly supervised with Professor Bronwen Morgan (Law). PhD awarded 2014.
  17. Sarah Cemlyn (2008 to 2010) on Promoting equality and human rights in social and community work, Department funded, jointly supervised with Gill Hague.  PhD by publication awarded November 2010.
  18. Audrey Lenoel (2008 to 2014) Burden or Empowerment? The Impact of Migration and Remittances on Women Left Behind in Morocco. ESRC 1+3 Award, jointly supervised with Ann Singleton. PhD awarded 2015.
  19. Marco Pomati (2010 to 2014) Low Social Contact Among UK Working Parents. ESRC project linked award, jointly supervised with Christina Pantazis.  PhD awarded 2015
  20. Di Qi (2011 to 2014) Child Poverty in Urban China. Self-funded. PhD awarded 2015
  21. Hector Najera (2011 to 2015) Youth Poverty and Social Policy in Mexico: 1990-2010. Mexican Government scholarship, jointly supervised with Eldin Fahmy. PhD awarded 2016.
  22. Muhammed Williams (2006 to 2015) The Contribution of Research to Policy Making on Poverty Reduction in Ghana, Doctor of Social Science Thesis. Self-funded part time. DocSocSci. Awarded 2016.
  23. Yedith Guillen Fernandez (2009 to 2015) Poverty in Mexico and Europe. Mexican Government scholarship. PhD awarded 2017
  24. Viliami Fifita (2011 to 2017) Child and Adult Poverty in a Small Island Developing State: A Case Study of Tonga. Commonwealth PhD Scholarship. PhD awarded 2017
  25. Patricio Olivera Zúñiga (2013 to date) Conditional cash transfer policy in Chile. Chile government scholarship, jointly supervised with Professor Gregor McLennan (Sociology).

Keywords

  • Social and distributional justice
  • social harm
  • scientific measurement of poverty
  • child poverty and human rights
  • childhood disability
  • crime and poverty
  • area-based anti-poverty measures
  • the causal effects of poverty on ill health
  • and rural poverty.

Expertise

I am an expert on poverty and poverty related research. I am director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research (www.bristol.ac.uk/poverty). I am also the Professor of Social Justice in the School for Policy Studies and have an expertise in social justice and criminal justice matters. I have done extensive research into inequalities in health and the fair allocation of government expenditure I am also experienced in the analysis of social statistics and in particular the Census. Finally, I have more than ten years experience of studying disability in childhood and into the definitions of disability.

  • poverty and deprivation
  • health inequalities
  • social inclusion
  • disability
  • social justice
  • Third World
  • resource allocation
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