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Professor David Devins

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Professor David Devins


Leeds Business School

0113 81 21971

About Professor David Devins

Professor David Devins 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.

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (6)

Books (1)

  • Tench R; Devins D; Willis; Mitchell C; Brusati L; Frandsen F; Fadele P; Lacuzzi S; Ianniello M; Johansen W (2016) Complexity Engagement: Stakeholders, Collaboration and Challenging Problems. ISBN 978-1-907240-69-0

Chapters (1)

  • Willis P; Tench R; Devins DM (2018) Deliberative Engagement and Wicked Problems: From Good Intentions to Practical Action. In: Johnston K; Taylor M Handbook of Communication Engagement. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. .

Conference contributions (1)

  • Devins D; Jones BT (2016) Towards a framework for higher education curriculum for small family business Paris 27/10/2016.

Reports (9)

  • Devins DM; Gold J; Boak G; Garvey R; Willis P (2017) Maximising the local impact of anchor institutions: A case study of Leeds City Region. York:
  • Devins DM; Newton B; Spechesser S; Nafilyan V; Maguire S; Bickerstaffe T (2014) An Evaluation of the Youth Contract for 16-17 Year Olds. Department for Education.
  • Devins DM; Bickerstaffe T; Mitchell B; Halliday S (2014) Improving progression in low paid, low skilled jobs in the retail, catering and care sectors. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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  • Conkar T; Devins D; Koutsoukos E; Mitchell B (2014) Better Futures for All - Report of the Wakefield Poverty and Prosperity Commission. Wakefield Together Partnership.
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  • Bickerstaffe T; Devins DM; Walton F; Kelsey S; Sutton M; Hooley T; Hutchinson J (2012) Employer practice in progressing lowpaid staff. UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
  • Nunn A; Devins DM (2012) Process evaluation of the Jobcentre Plus Performance Management Framework. Department for Work and Pensions.
  • Devins DM; Hooley T; Watts AG; Hutchinson J; Marriott J; Walton F (2012) Developing business. Developing careers. How and why employers are supporting the career development of their employees. London, Wath-upon-Dearne: UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
  • Devins D; Bickerstaffe T; Nunn A; Mitchell B; McQuaid R; Egdell V; Lindsay C (2011) The Role of Skills from Worklessness to Sustainable Employment with Progression. Wath-upon-Dearne: UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
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  • Johnson S; Devins DM (2008) Training and Workforce Development in SMEs: Myth and Reality. UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
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