David has a long standing interest in researching city leadership. He is a partner in The Bristol Civic Leadership Project (with Robin Hambleton at the University of the West of England) (https://bristolcivicleadership.net) which examines mayoral governance in Bristol. He has also recently published an edited collection on directly elected mayors: Sweeting D. (ed.) (2017) Directly elected mayors in urban governance. Bristol: The Policy Press.
More information at his university profile.