Dr. David Young

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details


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Current positions

Research Fellow


David had been a research fellow at the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) since 2021. His research focuses on social security policy and the experience of income change and insecurity. His doctoral research at the Institute for Policy Research (University of Bath) involved the use of diaries to track the income and expenditures of low-income households. David has recently been a researcher on the Welfare at a Social Distance Project that focuses on social security and employment support during the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath. He currently works on the Sanctions, Support and Service Leavers project that has tracked the experiences of military veterans since 2017. Wider research interests include welfare reform, disability assessments, and the health and wellbeing impacts of advice services. He is a founder member of the Money, Security and Social Policy (MSSP) early career research network and a member of the Social Policy Association.

Areas of research

Social security, Income insecurity, Welfare reform, Disability, Military transitions

Research Interests

  • Social security
  • Income insecurity
  • Welfare reform
  • Disability
  • Military transitions

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD Social Policy
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods (Politics)
  • BA Politics


  • Social Policy Association
  • Money, Security and Social Policy research network