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Research interests

PhD Candidate

David is a doctoral candidate studying income variation in short periods.


David is interested in:

  • Financial insecurity
  • Income variation
  • Social security
  • Welfare reform
  • Poverty



David Young joined the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) as a PhD candidate in October 2016. His doctoral research in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences and the IPR focusses on how means-tested benefit claimants experience and manage income variation and related changes in their lives that have financial consequences, under the supervision of Professor Jane Millar.



David spent several years working in the advice sector as a welfare rights advisor and researcher. His role included outreach advice sessions at GP surgeries and community centres. Working with Advice Leeds, David carried out research on the impact of welfare reform and the experience of new refugees. Later, as Research Officer at Swindon Citizens Advice, he undertook a research project looking at advice and information needs and how third sector organisations work together to meet them.


David received a BA in Politics from the University of Hull; his course included a final-year placement as a parliamentary researcher in the Houses of Parliament. In 2009, he completed an MSc in Social Science Research Methods at the University of Bristol. His masters research looked at immigration, ideals of citizenship and the experience of asylum seekers in a local area.

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, Master in Science, University of Bristol


Award Date: 1 Dec 2010

Politics, Bachelor of Arts, University of Hull


Award Date: 2 Jul 2007


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