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<p>David is a social development specialist, with more than 10 years of experience researching gender dynamics (including gender based violence), childhood poverty and child protection.</p>

David is a Social Development specialist, with over 10 years of experience in aspects of gender dynamics, childhood poverty and child protection (inc. gender-based violence and violence against women), and linking evidence to policy processes within a variety of institutional contexts. Gender-analysis work has focused upon social audits, social risk, mainstreaming, gender-based violence – particularly relating to adolescent girls, and social protection. Underpinning this work is a cross-cutting interest in the intersection of knowledge, policy and power with respect to policy processes – particularly with regard to the political context and political economy analysis. Methodological specialities on qualitative and participatory methods (including digital storytelling and participatory photography), child/youth friendly approaches, and secondary techniques such as systematic reviews and evidence synthesis. Training in MAXQDA, Sensemaker and EPPI reviewer software. Experience in both NGOs and research institutions, with in-depth fieldwork across South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand, with a broader geographic focus on Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa.


  1. The missing generation: capturing the true scale of violence against older people

  2. Measuring violence, abuse and neglect among older persons

    Research reports

  3. Understanding intimate partner violence in Pakistan through a male lens

    Research reports

  4. Costing the impacts of gender-based violence to business: a practical tool


  5. How to make a business case to end gender-based violence

  6. Gender violence in Papua New Guinea

    Research reports

  7. Situation analysis of children in Uganda

    Research reports

  8. Situation analysis of children in Uganda: summary

    Research reports

  9. Baseline study: stamping out and preventing gender based violence (STOP GBV) in Zambia

    Research reports

  10. What the Girl Summit has achieved, one year on

  11. Does poverty drive violence against children?


  12. Cross-generational and transactional sexual relations in Uganda: income poverty as a risk factor for adolescents - full report

    Research reports

  13. Sexual exploitation of adolescent girls in Uganda

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. Unhappily ever after: the fight against early marriage

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Migration, health and dignity in South Asia

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. The fallout of rape as a weapon of war

    Research reports

  17. Resettlement funds to support victims of sexual and gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea: a review of indicative lessons and relevance to business

    Research reports

  18. Playing detective in Karamoja, Uganda: the case of the missing and emerging rural youth

  19. Final report of the external evaluation of the Think Tank Initiative

    Research reports

  20. Adapting systematic reviews for social research in international development: a case study on child protection

    Working papers