David is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Course Leader for Psychology/ Sociology/Youth Studies/Criminology degree routes.
David studied sociology at the University of Warwick followed by an MA in critical theory at the University of Nottingham. After a couple of years teaching in France and the Czech Republic and completing a PGCE, David taught on sociology courses at Cardiff University and cultural studies modules at the University of Glamorgan. Since moving to Suffolk, David has taught on a range of modules and courses within the social sciences. These include Sociology, Social Policy, and Early Childhood Studies. David has had considerable experience teaching on a range of courses, with a considerable focus upon social theory and its applications.
Previously he was course leader for a Social Policy degree route, and is currently the course leader for the Psychology, Sociology, Youth Studies, and Criminology degrees at University of Suffolk. From 2003-2005 David worked for VSO in South Western China at Yulin University to improve teaching skills in rural schools. David has a strong interest in social theory and social change, and leads modules on both within the sociology degree. Current interests include material culture and materiality as well as social scientific approaches to the study of technology. David is presently developing work on children and material culture. He has also recently been involved in a Higher Education Academy project to developing an inclusive culture in Higher Education. David is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. David is also a member of the Political Studies Association, and a member of the European Sociological Association.
David is closely involved in evaluation work. Recent research reports have included:
Smith, N. and James, D. (2013) Evaluation of the Surviving Winter Campaign for the Suffolk Community Foundation
Bond, E. Agnew, S. and James, D. (2013) Shout Out Suffolk! a report on children and young people s experiences of education in Suffolk
Agnew, S. and James, D. (2012) Evaluation report for Suffolk Constabulary relating to the Town Safe Initiative in Ipswich
Joslyn, E. James, D. Bond, E. Agnew, S. and Richards, S. (2011) Evaluation report of the YSDF funded Wos Up Twilight project delivered by Supporting Contemporary Adolescents
James, D. Bond, E. Agnew, S. and Richards, S. (2011) Evaluation report of the YSDF funded Kickz and Goalz programmes delivered by the Community Sports Foundation