Research and Editorial work
David's research interests mainly revolve around the role of communication in the constitution and reproduction of power relations.
- Research Grants: David has received funding for research from a wide variety of bodies including the ESRC, European Commission (FP7) and the Higher Education Academy.(See more...)
- Editorial roles: David is on the Editorial Board of Sociology (January 2012 - December 2014), Interest Groups and Advocacy, Journalism Studies, Critical Studies on Terrorism and the editorial committee of the Scottish Left Review.
- Research networks: David is affiliated with the Critical Terrorism Studies Working Group of BISA and helps to run the Teaching About Terrorism research network and the Think Tank Networks initiative.
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Knowledge Exchange and media engagement
- Expert testimony: David has given advice and expert testimony in a number of terrorism related cases in the UK, Australia and the US.
- Research with trades unions and NGO's: David has undertaken research in partnership with a range of organisations including Unison, the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Friends of the Earth, Cordoba Foundation, Scottish Islamic Foundation, Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner and others.
- Public interest research and reporting: David is co-founder of Spinwatch a website devoted to public interest reporting on spin lobbying and political corruption (on which he maintains an occasional blog), and Editor of Powerbase, a wiki that monitors power networks and conflicts of interest.
- Advocacy on lobbying and ethics in public life: Spinwatch is a founding member of the UK based Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and of the EU oriented Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), which campaign for regulation of lobbyists and enhanced ethics rules for politicians and civil servants.
- Media engagement: David is often called upon by the news media as a commentator and regularly writes for mainstream and alternative media outlets. His articles appear on the Guardian's Comment is Free, and many other outlets.
- Advisory roles: David is an advisor to the BRussels Tribunal on Iraq, the Centre for Investigative Journalism based at City University, London and the Centre for Community Practice in Glasgow's Govanhill.