Byrne, David #Scientific_Advisory_Board

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Position Sociologist / Applied Social Scientist



Emeritus Professor

Department Sociology

University - Durham

44 (0) 189 086 0728


Attended University of Newcastle and LSE before teaching at Durham 1970-74. Research Director North Tyneside Community Development Project 1974-77. Reader in Sociology Ulster Polytechnic 1977-80. Since at University of Durham. National positions have included Treasurer Social Policy Association, Treasurer Joint Universities' Council for Social and Public Administration, Chief Examiner for Sociology studentships ESRC. Editor of Sociology. Member ESRC College of Assessors, Member ESRC Research Training Board, Academician - Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. In 2012, received the Social Policy Association (SPA) Special Recognition Award.

Current research engagements include:

Methodology – working with Knowledge for Use - K4U on issues surrounding the nature of evidence and the use of evidence in policy formation and implementation.

Evaluation – working with Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Nexus (environment, energy, food and agriculture) – CECAN on approaches to evaluating interventions in complex systems.

Taxation and Inequality – see Book with Sally Ruane,

Class after industry – currently writing a book for Palgrave on Class after Industry – A complex realist approach to understanding the dynamics of class structure and class identities in unequal post-industrial capitalism.

The external organisations I have worked with are: Berwick Trades Council and the consortium of community groups in Newcastle and Gateshead concerned with the content of the Newcastle; Gateshead joint planning strategy, including a longer standing relationship with residents organizing against the 'Bridging Newcastle Gateshead' housing pathfinder programme.



Byrne, D. & Callaghan, G. (2013). Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences. The state of the art. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Byrne, D. (2011). Applying Social Science: The role of Social research in politics, policy and practice. Bristol: The Policy Press. Byrne, D. (2005). Social Exclusion. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Byrne, D. (2002). Interpreting Quantitative Data. London: Sage.


Most recent books are:

Byrne, D. (2018) Class after Industry: A Complex Realist Approach London: Palgrave Macmillan

Byrne, D. & Ruane, S. (2017). Paying for the Welfare State in the 21st Century. Bristol: Policy Press.