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Dave Gordon

University of Bristol

Dr David Gordon is Professor of Social Justice and the Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research (see at the University of Bristol, UK. Professor Gordon is an international recognised expert on poverty and inequality research and has written and edited over a hundred books, papers and reports on these subjects. He is a member of the UN Expert Group on Poverty Statistics (Rio Group) and contributed to its recent ‘Compendium of Good Practice in Poverty Measurement’. Professor Gordon has acted as an external expert for the European Union Working Group on Income, Poverty and Social Exclusion and was a scientific advisor to the European Union/Latin American Network 10 - Fight against Urban Poverty. Professor Gordon advised 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 and 2009 World Youth Reports. He recently completed working with UNICEF on its first ever Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities which will be published during 2009.

Type of member: Regular

Telephone: +44(0)117 9546761

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Mailing Address: School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol , 8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ, United Kingdom

Collaborative Projects

Several projects on child disability and health inequalities with colleagues at Warwick University.

Current research interests
Social and distributional justice, social harm, scientific measurement of poverty, child poverty and human rights, childhood disability, crime and poverty, area-based anti-poverty measures, the causal effects of poverty on ill health, and rural poverty.

Research priorities
Pathways and mechanisms: Cumulative and additive social risk exposures (e.g. transient v. persistent poverty). | Methodological issues: Methods for examining change over time including longitudinal effects studies. Need to define poverty. Multi-level studies - Society, Family & Individual. Regional studies (within countries). Root cause analysis to inform policy change.

Selected publications

Subramanian, S., Nandy, S., Irving, M., Gordon, D., Lambert, H., & Smith, G. D. (2006). The Mortality Divide in India: The Differential Contributions of Gender, Caste, and Standard of Living Across the Life Course. American Journal of Public Health, 96(5), 818-825. doi:10.2105/ajph.2004.060103

Nandy, S., Irving, M., Gordon, D., Subramanian, S. V., & Davey Smith, D. (2005). Poverty, child undernutrition and morbidity: new evidence from India. Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, 83, 3, 210-216.