Professor David Devins
About Professor David Devins
David undertakes applied policy research for a range of clients including the European Commission, Department for Work and Pensions, local authorities, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the private sector. His current research includes work to investigate the role of labour markets to support social mobility.
He has a longstanding research interest in the development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and their network ties in the local economy. David's PhD explored the connection between national skills policy and SMEs and his current research interests lie in the role that universities play in the development of SMEs.
David's research, commissioned by government departments and influential agencies such as the UK Commission for Employment and Skills has influenced policy in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Work and Pensions. His research has sought to develop greater understanding of the role that employers play in employment and skills policy and his work continues to influence policy and practice.