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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Sociology Department Staff

Emeritus Professor David S. Byrne

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology

Contact Emeritus Professor David S. Byrne (email at dave.byrne@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Attended University of Newcastle and LSE before teaching at Durham 1970-74. Research Director North Tyneside Community Development Project 1974-77. Reader in Sociology Ulster Polytechnic 1977-80. Since at University of Durham. National positions have included Treasurer Social Policy Association, Treasurer Joint Universities' Council for Social and Public Administration, Chief Examiner for Sociology studentships ESRC. Editor of Sociology. Member ESRC College of Assessors, Member ESRC Research Training Board, Academician - Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. In 2012, received the Social Policy Association (SPA) Special Recognition Award.

Current research engagements include:

Methodology – working with Knowledge for Use - K4U on issues surrounding the nature of evidence and the use of evidence in policy formation and implementation.

Evaluation – working with Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Nexus (environment, energy, food and agriculture) – CECAN on approaches to evaluating interventions in complex systems.

Taxation and Inequality – see Book with Sally Ruane,

I am currently writing a book for the Routledge series on Complexity in Social Science with the working title: Inequality in a Context of Climate Crisis: A Complex Realist Approach which will integrate my methodological interests and my concern with social inequality broadly defined. I continue to work with various community groups, particularly in the Scottish Borders where I live and on Tyneside. My interest in tax has led to working with the Scottish Labour Party on the possibilities of a wealth tax and collaborating with others on establishing a tax interest group in the Social Policy Association and in contributing to public debate on this fundamental issue.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Authored book

Edited book

Chapter in book

Report

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Indicators of Esteem

  • 2009: Academician - Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences: Nominated by Social Policy Association
  • 2009: International Presentation: Presentation to Institute for Advanced Studies - University of Stellenbosch on Complexity.
  • 2009: International Presentation: Participation in and plenary presentation to International Symposium on Complexity and Transformation Netherlands
  • 2009: Journal Editorships: Editor Sociology, AcSS, SPA nominee for RAE panel, participant in international Gulbenkian review of future of science in general, various international and prestigious UK plenary presentations in areas of complexity and socila exclusion.
  • International Presentation: Presentation to staff Cleveland Western Reserve and Cleveland State University - Comparison of post-industrial industrial cities.
  • International Presentation: Presentation to staff and postgraduates Erasmus University Rotterdam - Research the trajectories of complex cities.
  • International Presentation: Presentation to staff group Technical University of Delft - Researching the trajectories of complex cities.
  • International Presentation: Presentation to staff and postgraduates University of Arizona - Exploring causality in the trajectories of complex systems.

Research Interests

  • Case based methods
  • Complexity theory
  • Postindustrial social structures
  • Privatization of welfare systems
  • Quantitative methods
  • Urban systems

Research Projects

  • CECAN - Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus
  • Comparative analysis of local strategies to tackle health inequalities.
  • Imagine, The social, historical, cultural and democratic context of civic engagement: imagining different communities and making them happen
  • Knowledge for Use (K4U)

Teaching Areas

  • Perspectives on Social Research MA
  • Philosophy of Social Research MA
  • Quantitative Methods MA
  • Statistical Exploration and Reasoning MA

Supervises

Selected Grants

  • 2004: Focusing on the Case in Quantitative and Qualitative Research

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Health & welfare services: health & social class
  • Health & welfare services: social change
  • Health & welfare services: poverty
  • Museums: regional heritage
  • Social Policy: Family, youth, race & gender issues: family, youth, race & gender issues
  • Social Policy: Employment & development issues: urban & regional development
  • Social Policy: Employment & development issues: North-East region
  • Social Policy: Employment & development issues: economic & social change
  • Social Policy: Employment & development issues: urban regeneration
  • Social Policy: Employment & development issues: single regeneration budget
  • Social Policy: Employment & development issues: quangos
  • Regional Economy: regional economy
  • Regional Heritage: regional heritage

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