David has a strong research background with a focus on community development initiatives. Prior to his appointment at Melbourne University, David was the Coordinator of Research at Wesley Mission Victoria. Wesley is a large not for profit organisations that support people experiencing disadvantage and vulnerability.
David has also been employed at LaTrobe University within the Centre for Sport and Social Impact (CSSI). His research at the CSSI focused on understanding the nature and efficacy of participation within organised sport and recreational activities for people and communities who face disadvantage.
David is currently undertaking his PhD at Latrobe University exploring the provision and efficacy of organised sport and recreational activities for people incarcerated within Australian prisons.