My Research Vision
I hope that my research can have real world impact directly by helping people to live together more harmoniously or indirectly by encouraging policy makers and programme designers to adopt efficient and effective strategies for their work. In an ever changing world of increasing movement and diversity, it is now more vital than ever that people get along and understand one another.
Dan graduated from the London School of Economics in 2003 and has worked at Coventry University since 2007. Here he obtained an MA in Community Cohesion Management and is currently working towards his PhD. His topic title is “The role of Institutional Trust in intergroup contact and prejudice reduction”.
With a background in the social housing sector promoting community involvement, Dan has since led on major national reviews of social action and social interaction projects. Dan also worked with the Metropolitan Police and local authority partners around community tension monitoring ahead of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has since co-authored 2 book chapters on the legacy of the Rio 2016 Games.
- FaithAction Creative English evaluation: An evaluation of FaithAction’s DCLG funded Creative English learning programme. The programme aims to teach learners, primarily women from Pakistani, Somali and Bangladeshi backgrounds, English through drama and experiential learning. It is hoped that this learning will also increase both integration and social mobility.
- Church Urban Fund Near Neighbours evaluation: An evaluation of the effectiveness of Church Urban Fund’s Near Neighbours programme using a Collective Impact framework. The evaluation looks at the funding, training and partnership strands of the UK-wide Near Neighbours programme and measures the impact that these programmes are having on the ground as well as building measurement tools to allow on-going evaluation in the future.