Dave has worked intensively within marginalised communities over several decades. The range of his work has included developing front-line services, working with public bodies and policymakers to produce new knowledge and training staff and students.
As well as being an experienced community development practitioner Dave has developed services that provide and therapeutic support to individuals, through organisational development with Irish Travellers to secure rights and policy change, managed a Therapeutic Community and embedded research in a government department.
Dave completed a MA Community Development at University of Westminster in 2001 and a PhD at University of Sheffield in 2010. His thesis explored informal political representation in urban regeneration within an artists’ community in Johannesburg.
Dave is focusing on the intersections between knowledge, policy and the artistry of practice; conducting research with 14 local authorities and several government departments. He is Research Supervisor of a pro-bono research group exploring the generation and role of knowledge (and resistance to it) within homelessness and head injury services, as well as making and selling wood-turned bowls and ornaments full time.