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Professor David GordonB.Sc.(Sus.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Professorial Research Fellow in Social Justice

David Gordon

Professor David GordonB.Sc.(Sus.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Professorial Research Fellow in Social Justice

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Research interests

I currently hold the posts of Professor of Social Justice and Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at 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 a 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 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, 2009 and 2011 World Youth Reports.  I have advised the World Health Organisation on measurement issues concerning water & sanitation access and policy in low and middle income countries and 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.  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 Deputy Minister for Children and the Welsh Assembly Government with expert, evidenced 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 is 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.


Selected projects

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • PolicyBristolChildrenAndFamilies
  • PolicyBristolGlobalPoliticalEconomy
  • PolicyBristolMethodologiesAndDataAnalysis
  • PolicyBristolHealthAndWellbeing
  • International Development
  • Cabot Institute Water Research
  • Cabot Institute Food Security Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research

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