David Hall PGCE, MA, MPhil, BA
PGCE, MA, MPhil, BA
Visiting Professor, PSIRU associate
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, He 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.
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.
He 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. He 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.
Hall, David, Lobina, Emanuele and Terhorst, Philipp (2013) Re-municipalisation in the early 21st century: water in France and energy in Germany. Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group. ISSN 0269-2171
Hall, David, Corral, Violeta and Niekerk, Sandra van (2010) The impact of the economic crisis on public sector pay. PSIRU.
Hall, David and Holland, Ray (2010) The provision of basic services to all segments of the population should remain the responsibility of the public sector. Practical Action Publishing. ISSN 1755-1978
Lobina, Emanuele and Hall, David (2010) Scenari europei nella gestione dei servizi idrici. Confservizi Lombardia.
Lobina, Emanuele and Hall, David (2014) Corporatization in the European Water sector: Lessons for the global South. In: Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South. Zed Books Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9781783600182
Hall, David and Lobina, Emanuele (2012) The birth, growth and decline of multinational water companies. In: Water Services Management and Governance: Lessons for a Sustainable Future. IWA Publishing, London, UK. ISBN 9781780400228
Fine, Ben and Hall, David (2012) Terrains of neoliberalism: Constraints and opportunities for alternative models of service delivery. In: Alternatives to Privatization: Public Options for Essential Services in the Global South. Routledge, New York / Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780415886680
Hall, David (2011) Contesting the future of public finance?. In: Contemporary Crisis and Renewal of Public Action: Towards the Emergence of a New Form of Regulation?. Peter Lang Publishing Group, New York, Oxford, Bern, Frankfurt am Main, Bruxelles, Wien. ISBN 9789052017419
Lobina, Emanuele and Hall, David (2010) Public Water Services. In: Encyclopedia of Geography. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks. ISBN 978-1-4129-5697-0
Lobina, Emanuele 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. In: Dimensões político institucionais da governança da água na América Latina e Europa / Political and Institutional Dimensions of Water Governance in Latin America and Europe. Annablume Editora, Sao Paulo, Brazil. ISBN 978-85-7419-998-6
Hall, David and Lobina, Emanuele (2009) Public policy options for financing sewerage systems. In: Water and Sanitation Services: Public Policy and Management. Earthscan, London, UK. ISBN 9781844076567
Hall, David and Lobina, Emanuele (2009) La réforme des systèmes d'approvisionnement et d'assainissement dans l'Union européenne. In: Manifestes pour l'eau publique. Editions Syllepse, Paris, France. ISBN 9782849501856
Lobina, Emanuele and Hall, David (2012) ACP-EU Water Facility: Partnerships initiative. PSIRU, London, UK.
Hall, David (2010) Public disaster and private gain - The proposed privatisation of electricity in Nigeria. PSIRU, Greenwich, London, UK.
Hall, David and Lobina, Emanuele (2010) The past, present and future of finance for investment in water systems. PSIRU, Greenwich, UK.
Hall, David (2010) Why we need public spending. PSIRU, University of Greenwich, Greenwich, UK.
Hall, David and Lobina, Emanuele (2010) Water companies in Europe 2010. PSIRU, London, UK.
Lobina, Emanuele and Hall, David (2009) Thinking inside the box: why the World Bank is not learning. PSIRU, London, UK.
Hall, David and Lobina, Emanuele (2009) Paying for water and sanitation the essential role of public finance. PSIRU, London, UK.
Hall, David and Lobina, Emanuele (2009) The private sector in water in 2009. PSIRU, London, UK.
Hall, David, Lobina, Emanuele, Corral, Violeta, Hoedeman, Olivier, Terhorst, Philipp, Pigeon, Martin and Kishimoto, Satoko (2009) Public-public partnerships (PUPs) in water. PSIRU / TNI, London, UK.
Lobina, Emanuele and Hall, David (2009) Public-public partnerships (PUPs) in water. PSIRU, Greenwich, London, UK.
Lobina, Emanuele and Hall, David (2009) Thinking inside the box: the World Bank position on the private and public sector. PSIRU, London, UK.
Pigeon, Martin, Hall, David, Lobina, Emanuele, Terhorst, Philipp and Lui, Emma (2009) Controlling the agenda at WWF - the multinationals' network. PSIRU, Greenwich, London, UK.
Lobina, Emanuele and Hall, David (2010) Ownership-specific advantages and public water operations: networked governance, institutions and sustainability.
Lobina, Emanuele and Hall, David (2010) Thinking inside the box: the World Bank, strategic interest and advocacy coalitions in the water sector.
Hall, David, Lobina, Emanuele and Corral, Violeta (2010) Replacing failed private water contracts.
Hall, David, Thomas, Stephen and Corral, Violeta (2009) Global experience with electricity liberalisation.