David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath in England. From 2013-2016 he was RCUK Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow leading a project on Understanding and explaining terrorism expertise in practice.
Research and Editorial work
David is interested in understanding power: who has it, how it is exercised and how it can be democratised. He is mostly interested in studying the powerful and is interested in a wide range of methods for doing so, including via investigative research, which he pursues with a range of collaborators.
- 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 Interest Groups and Advocacy, Journalism Studies, Critical Studies on Terrorism and the editorial committee of the Scottish Left Review. He was on the editorial board of Sociology (January 2012 - December 2014)
- Research networks: David is affiliated with the Critical Terrorism Studies Working Group of BISA and helped to run the Teaching About Terrorism research network and the Think Tank Networks initiative. In 2015 he helped create and launch the Bath Conflict Network and the Organised Persuasive Communication and Contemporary Propaganda network.
- Research links: LinkedIn; Academia.edu; Google Scholar; Research Gate
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, Middle East Monitor, British Medical Journal, the Safe Food Institute, Interpal, Friends of Al Aqsa and others.
- Public interest research and reporting: David is co-founder and co-director of Public Interest Investigations a non profit company. It has two main projects:
Spinwatch, a website devoted to public interest reporting on spin lobbying and political corruption (on which he maintains an occasional blog);
Powerbase, a wiki that monitors power networks and conflicts of interest (of which David is editor).
- 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. For a list of media appearances See: In the media.
- Advisory roles: David is a director of Common Weal, an advisor to the Brussels Tribunal on Iraq, the Centre for Investigative Journalism based at City University, London and between 2009 and 2013, advised the Centre for Community Practice, part of the Govanhill Baths Trust, in Glasgow's Govanhill.
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