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David is a Senior Research Fellow in Social Science in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Exeter where he also obtained his BA in sociology. David’s work focuses on the transformation of the National Health Service (NHS) from solely a provider of free at the point of delivery healthcare, to an organisation that also supports, completes and directs health research. He’s particularly interested in the practices of involving patients in health research and using routine health records as research data. More recently, he’s also focused on the broader political economy of the NHS and how research practices fit into wider discussions of assetisation and privatisation.

David also co-leads the social science work on the NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, Improving the lives of stroke survivors with data.

David is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and lectures on the Masters in Public Health, undergraduate medical education programme, translational research summer school and the King’s College London/NIHR Guy's and St Thomas' Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) post-graduate Qualitative Research Methods course.