PGCE, MA, MPhil, BA
Director, Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
Department of International Business and Economics
David Hall is Director of the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) at the University of Greenwich Business School. He researches and teaches the politics and economics of public services, public finance and privatisation. David has special expertise in the sectors of water, energy, waste management, and healthcare. Before becoming director of PSIRU, David worked for over 25 years in teaching and research in public services, privatisation, and industrial relations for colleges, research institutions, and trade union research units.
Responsibilities within the university
Teaching and administrative activities
As Director of PSIRU David is responsible for the research programme and funding of PSIRU, one of the largest research units in the University of Greenwich Business School.
David is joint leader of post-graduate courses on Sustainable Investment and Trade, and regulatory Institutions of the World Economy, and supervises undergraduate and masters’ degree dissertations.
David supervises two PHD students, Jenny Nguyen and Yasaman Sarabi. David has supervised a successful PhD, and acted as an internal PhD examiner in the University of Greenwich and as an external examiner for a PhD at Loughborough.
David Hall was the coordinator of the Watertime project, an EC-funded three-year research project on decision-making on water in 29 cities in Europe, involving a group of five universities and research institutes (see www.watertime.net). He also led a two-year research project on corruption, funded by the Wallace Global Foundation.
David was a partner in the EC-funded PRESOM project, a three-year project studying the relations between the European social model and privatisation. He has provided policy advice to and/or conducted applied research for many organisations, including the European Commission; ILO; UNCTAD; Oxfam; World Development Movement; War on Want; Public Services International; EPSU; UNISON; CUPE; and Enérgeia Foundation.
David has been a guest lecturer at the World Bank infrastructure division, and has also been invited to address meetings of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the OECD, UNCTAD, the ILO, the European Parliament, the EU Economic and Social Committee, the Belgian Parliament, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and has been an expert witness at the constitutional court of Indonesia.
David has been an invited speaker at seminars and conferences at many universities and research institutes around the world, in Aalborg, Athens, Bantung, Berkeley, Berlin, Bonn, Bradford, Brussels, Bologna, Cambridge, London (UCL), Lima, Loughborough, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York (Cornell), Newcastle, Oxford, Paris, Sheffield, St Petersburg, Tampere, Uppsala and Wellington. David has spoken at many civil society and trade union meetings, in over 40 countries, on all continents.
David's on-going research includes:
- The economic and social consequences of privatisation and liberalisation
- The history of public services
- Trends in privatisation and remunicipalisation
- The political economy of public spending and taxation
- The effects of public services on equality
- The impact of the policy conditions of international financial institutions and the EU on public services
- The impact of trade liberalisation, WTO rules, and EU and other internal market rules on public services
- The relative efficiency of public and private organisations
- Multinational company and private equity strategies
- The role of campaigns and social movements
- Regulatory and corporate trends in the water, energy, waste management, and healthcare sectors.
In all subjects his research covers transition and developing countries, Europe, other OECD countries, and specific countries, including the UK.
and Terhorst, Philipp (2013) Re-municipalisation in the early 21st century: water in France and energy in Germany.
and Niekerk, Sandra van (2010) The impact of the economic crisis on public sector pay.
and Holland, Ray (2010) The provision of basic services to all segments of the population should remain the responsibility of the public sector.
and Hall, David (2010) Scenari europei nella gestione dei servizi idrici.
and Hall, David (2008) Síntesis de la reciente evolución del sector del agua en Latinoamérica.
and Hall, David (2008) The comparative advantage of the public sector in the development of urban water supply.
Hall, David (2007) Decision-making on water services in European cities: Overview.
Hall, David (2007) Decision-making on water services in European cities: overview.
Sanz Mulas, Andres,
and De La Motte, Robin (2007) Decision-making and participation: the Watertime results.
and Lobina, Emanuele (2007) International actors and multinational water company strategies in Europe, 1990-2003.
and Hall, David (2007) Experience with private sector participation in Grenoble, France, and lessons on strengthening public water operations.
and Hall, David (2007) Offshoring and its consequences for the employment relationship in the service sector.
and Lobina, Emanuele (2012) The birth, growth and decline of multinational water companies.
and Hall, David (2012) Terrains of neoliberalism: Constraints and opportunities for alternative models of service delivery.
Hall, David (2011) Contesting the future of public finance?.
and Hall, David (2010) Public Water Services.
and Hall, David (2010) A provisão dos serviços de abastecimento de água e saneamento para consumidores de baixa renda na Inglaterra e País de Gales / The provision of water supply and sanitation services to low income consumers in England and Wales.
and Lobina, Emanuele (2009) Public policy options for financing sewerage systems.
and Lobina, E. (2008) Water privatization: The international experience.
Hall, David (2008) Costs of commercialisation of a public service.
and Hall, David (2012) ACP-EU Water Facility: Partnerships initiative.
Hall, David (2010) Public disaster and private gain - The proposed privatisation of electricity in Nigeria.
and Lobina, Emanuele (2010) The past, present and future of finance for investment in water systems.
Hall, David (2010) Why we need public spending.
and Lobina, Emanuele (2010) Water companies in Europe 2010.
and Hall, David (2009) Public-public partnerships (PUPs) in water.
Hall, David (2008) Alternatives to PPPs: positive action for in-house services.
Hall, David (2008) PPPs in the EU: a critical appraisal.
Hall, David (2008) Protecting workers in PPPs.
and Hall, David (2008) Municipal services: organisations, companies and alternatives.
and Simpson, Robin (2008) Poor choices: the limits of competitive markets in the provision of essential services to low-income consumers.
and Hall, David (2008) The illusions of competition in the water sector: a response to the OFWAT/Cave consultations on introducing competition in the water sector in England and Wales.
Hall, David (2008) Private equity and employment - the Davos/WEF/Harvard study.
Hall, David (2008) Private equity: financial investors, public services, and employment.
and Lobina, Emanuele (2008) Water in Europe.
and Lobina, Emanuele (2007) From a private past to a public future? - the problems of water in England and Wales.
and Hall, David (2007) Water privatisation and restructuring in Latin America, 2007.
Hall, David (2007) Waste management companies in Europe 2007.
and Lobina, Emanuele (2007) Water companies in Europe 2007.
Hall, David (2007) Energy privatisation and reform in East Africa.
Recent conference presentations
and Hall, David (2010) Ownership-specific advantages and public water operations: networked governance, institutions and sustainability.
and Hall, David (2010) Thinking inside the box: the World Bank, strategic interest and advocacy coalitions in the water sector.
and Corral, Violeta (2009) Global experience with electricity liberalisation.