An internationally renowned scholar, David has worked in senior leadership roles at research-intensive universities in Australia and the UK. He is currently Professor of Management at UNSW Business School, where he is Academic Lead for a Project on Business and Climate Risk. He is also Senior Deputy Director of the UNSW Institute for Climate Risk and Response. Until April 2022 he was Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) at Griffith University, a position he held for over 6 years. He remains an Adjunct Professor with the Business School at Griffith. Previous to Griffith, he was Senior Deputy Dean at UNSW Business School and held several senior administrative roles at the University of Sydney Business School including Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Associate Dean (Research), Deputy Dean (Academic), and Co-Dean. He also served as Head of the Department of Management at King’s College, London.
David’s research and teaching experience focuses on leadership and organization-wide, group and individual level change. He has led or been a member of research teams that have attracted significant government and industry funding. These have included projects on business responses to climate change and the impact of technological change on work and organization. He has published in a range of top internationally peer-reviewed journals and has co-edited numerous edited collections and an award-winning Handbook. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, David was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia in 2008 and between 2019 and 2022 he was elected President of the Australian Business Deans Council, the peak body representing 39 Business Schools at Australian Universities. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia and New Zealand.