Research Topic: Democracy & Political Engagement
About Professor Jonathan Davis
Professor Davis is a man with a sharp mind and a vast intellect; He is a leading political researcher and is currently engaged in a pan-national study of eight other countries to evaluate democracy in times of austerity. In 1999, Jonathan received his DPhil from the University of York. After receiving his PhD he spent a year in York as a researcher before moving on to become a reader in public policy at Warwick University. Since 2011, Jonathan has held a respected position in De Montfort University’s cutting edge politics department as Professor of critical policy studies.
Jonathan has a keen thirst for knowledge and as a researcher he has produced an impressive collection of publications and as a lecturer he has inspired and innovated. It is clear both from Jonathan’s research and his oration that he is a key player in his field.
Professor Jonathan Davis’ Research
His current research focuses upon austerity and its effects on democracy and political engagement. He was drawn to the area after research into the relationship between the state and citizen and the political dimensions of cities.
Jonathan’s recent research project with Madeleine Pill is a vivid portrayal of the dangers that privatisation and reduction in public spending can pose to democracy and society. The study uses modern day Baltimore and Bristol as contrasts to show where our society could end up if these trends continue.
Next Step for Research
Building on the success of this study, Jonathan is now taking part in a larger, pan-national, study of eight countries. This study seeks to understand the extent to which citizens can shape and resist austerity in their countries.
While holding this full-time teaching role at DMU he has continued to produce important political studies and projects. In 2014, Jonathan held a prominent position in the DMU policy commission, ‘100 ideas to change Britain’. This project brought students to the forefront of policy creation and promoted political involvement among the student body.
As well as academic endeavours, Professor Davis has a keen interest in music, with his current band of choice being ‘THE UNTHANKS’. He also enjoys cycling and has had a keen political interest from an early age, moving allegiances from Labour to the SWP and being one of the first to protest the Poll tax.
As a lecturer and researcher Professor Jonathan Davis continues to bring his passion to all projects.