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Director, Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
International Business and Economics
PGCE, MA, BA
David Hall is director of the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) in the Business School, University of Greenwich, London. David 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.
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.
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; PPPs; corruption; 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.
David Hall was the coordinator of the Watertime project, an EC-funded 3-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). David led a 2-year research project on corruption, funded by the Wallace Global Foundation. David was a partner in the EC-funded PRESOM project, a 3-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; Oxfam; World Development Movement; War on Want; Public Services International; EPSU; UNISON; CUPE; 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.
His publications include articles in academic journals, book chapters, numerous PSIRU reports, and two books. He was guest editor of a special issue of Utilities Policy in 2007.
Selected recent journal articles and book chapters:
Fine, B. and Hall, D. (2012) Terrains of Neoliberalism: Constraints and Opportunities for Alternative Models of Service Delivery In McDonald, D. and Ruiters, G. (eds.) Alternatives to Privatization Routledge
Hall, D. (Forthcoming 2013) Electricity liberalisation in developing countries Progress in Development Studies
Hall, D. (2011) Contesting public finance? In Bance, P. And Bernier, L. (eds.) Contemporary Crisis and Renewal of Public Action Peter Lang
Hall, D. (2004) Private and public interests in water and energy Natural Resources Forum, 2004
Hall, D. and Lobina, E. (2013) The Birth, Growth and Decline of Multinational Water Companies. In Katko, T., Juuti, P. and Schwartz, K. (eds) Water Services Management and Governance IWA Publishing
Hall, D. and Lobina, E. (2009) “Water Privatization: The International Experience” in ‘Critical Essays on the Privatisation Experience’. International Papers in Political Economy ed. Arestis, P. and Sawyer, Macmillan, M. 2008
Hall, D. and Lobina, E. (2007) International actors and multinational water company strategies in Europe, 1990-2003 Utilities Policy 2007
Hall, D. and Lobina, E. (2007) Profitability and the poor: Corporate strategies, innovation and sustainability Geoforum, 38(5), pp. 772-785
Hall, D., Lobina, E. and Terhorst, P. (Forthcoming 2013) Re-municipalisation in the early 21st century: water in France and energy in Germany International Review of Applied Economics.
Selected PSIRU reports
Lethbridge, J. and Hall, D. (2008) Municipal services: organisations, companies and alternatives PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2012) Business as usual - international promotion of PPPs in North Africa PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2012) Conflicts, companies, human rights and water - A critical review of local corporate practices and global corporate initiatives PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2012) Corruption and public services PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2012) Financing water and sanitation: public realities PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2012) Utterly uncompetitive - the home lands of eternal water privatisations PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2011) Water, electricity and the political context in Arab countries October 2011 PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2010) Challenges to Slovakia and Poland health policy decisions PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2010) More public rescues for more private finance failures [on PPPs] PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2010) Public disaster and private gain - The proposed privatisation of electricity in Nigeria PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2010) The impact of the economic crisis on public sector pay PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2010) Why we need public spending PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2009) Private equity, productivity and earnings - PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2008) Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the EU - a critical appraisal - Nov 2008 PSIRU report
Hall, D. (2007) Electrifying Africa PSIRU report
Hall, D. and Lobina, E. (2010) The past, present and future of finance for investment in water systems PSIRU report
Hall, D. and Lobina, E. (2008) Sewerage Works PSIRU report
Hall, D., Lobina, E. and Terhorst, P. (2012) Re-municipalisation in Europe PSIRU report
Hall, D. and Nguyen, T.A. (2012) Waste management in Europe: companies, structure and employment PSIRU report