Dr David Clelland
- Lecturer in Rural Regeneration (School of Social & Environmental Sustainability)
David is Lecturer in Rural Regeneration at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries. He joined the School as a researcher in 2013; previously he was with the Training and Employment Research Unit where he specialised in local economic development, labour market analysis and evaluations of employment programmes.
His doctoral research was on the role of governance and agency in regional economic development, looking at the experience of Dumfries and Galloway over the past two decades, and tracing the emergence of new initiatives for the South of Scotland and the 'Borderlands'.
He is currently engaged in two international research projects with Professor Fabrice Renaud concerned with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic - looking at the effects of border closures on economic activity and land use in northern Vietnam, and responses, resilience and recovery of the 'Blue Economy' in Scotland, Germany, Costa Rica and Massachusetts.
His other recent work has included:
- Research to support the development of a Regional Economic Strategy and Anti-Poverty Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway, and socio-economic profiles of the region's different areas.
- A survey of community councils in Scotland to explore their engagement with community resilience activity
- Research into the measurement of poverty and deprivation in rural areas, and how it is used in policymaking
- Local and regional economic development
- Multi-scalar governance
- The measurement of poverty and deprivation in rural areas
- Community resilience
I am available for supervision doctoral research projects. If you are a prospective PhD candidate with a research topic related to any aspect of local or regional development I would be happy to discuss.
David teaches on the Health and Social Sector Leadership programme.
- Chair of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies Staff-Student Liaison Committee
- School Lead for Upskilling and Microcredentials courses
- Acting Co-Lead of the College of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee
- Member of the Regional Studies Association