David Hall PGCE, MA, MPhil, BA

Visiting Professor, PSIRU associate

Key details

David Hall

Visiting Professor, PSIRU associate

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.

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.

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.

Research / Scholarly interests

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
  • 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.

Recent publications


Hall, David , Lobina, Emanuele, Terhorst, Philipp (2013), Re-municipalisation in the early 21st century: water in France and energy in Germany. Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group. In: , , , . Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group, International Review of Applied Economics, 27 (2) . pp. 193-214 ISSN: 0269-2171 (Print), 1465-3486 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02692171.2012.754844).

Hall, David , Corral, Violeta, Niekerk, Sandra van (2010), The impact of the economic crisis on public sector pay. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, PSIRU Reports . pp. 1-22 (doi: http://www.psiru.org/publications?type=report) NB Item availability restricted.

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. In: , , , . Practical Action Publishing, Enterprise Development and Microfinance, 21 (3) . pp. 181-184 ISSN: 1755-1978 (Print), 1755-1986 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3362/1755-1986.2010.016).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2010), Scenari europei nella gestione dei servizi idrici. Confservizi Lombardia. In: , , , . Confservizi Lombardia, Servizi & Società . pp. 29-31 (doi: ).

Book section

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2014), Corporatization in the European water sector: Lessons for the global South. Zed Books Ltd.. In: , , In: David A. McDonald (ed.), Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global Sout. Zed Books Ltd., London, UK . pp. 185-206 . ISBN: 9781783600182 (doi: ).

Hall, David and , Lobina, Emanuele (2012), The birth, growth and decline of multinational water companies. IWA Publishing. In: , , In: Tapio Katko, Petri S. Juuti, Klaas Schwartz (eds.), Water Services Management and Governance: Lessons for a Sustainable Futur. IWA Publishing, London, UK . pp. 123-132 . ISBN: 9781780400228 (doi: ).

Fine, Ben and , Hall, David (2012), Terrains of neoliberalism: Constraints and opportunities for alternative models of service delivery. Routledge. In: , , In: David A. McDonald, Greg Ruiters (eds.), Alternatives to Privatization: Public Options for Essential Services in the Global Sout. Routledge, New York / Oxford, UK . pp. 45-70 . ISBN: 9780415886680 (doi: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415886680/).

Hall, David and , (2011), Contesting the future of public finance?. Peter Lang Publishing Group. In: , , In: Philippe Bance, Luc Bernier (eds.), 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 Social Economy & Public Economy - Volume 3 (3) . pp. 109-130 . ISBN: 9789052017419 (doi: http://www.peterlang.de/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=61472&cid=5&concordeid=21741).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2010), Public Water Services. SAGE Publications. In: , , In: Barney Warf (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geograph. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks , 5 . pp. 2315-2319 . ISBN: 9781412956970 (doi: http://www.sage-ereference.com/abstract/geography/n940.xml) NB Item availability restricted.

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. Annablume Editora. In: , , In: Pedro Roberto Jacobi, Paulo de Almeida Sinisgalli (eds.), Dimensões político institucionais da governança da água na América Latina e Europa / Political and Institutional Dimensions of Water Governance in Latin America and Europ. Annablume Editora, Sao Paulo, Brazil , II . ISBN: 9788574199986 (doi: ).

Conference item

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2010), Ownership-specific advantages and public water operations: networked governance, institutions and sustainability. In: Ninth Milan European Economy Workshop, ”An Agenda for the New Public Enterprise. Ownership and governance for the general interest”, 10-11 Jun 2010, University of Milan, Italy , . , (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2010), Thinking inside the box: the World Bank, strategic interest and advocacy coalitions in the water sector. In: Economic Governance Institutions, Economic Outcomes and the Crisis: An International Conference, 4 Jun 2010, University of Greenwich, London UK , . , (doi: ).

Hall, David , Lobina, Emanuele, Corral, Violeta (2010), Replacing failed private water contracts. In: Seminar, 20 Jan 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia , . , (doi: http://www.psiru.org/reports/2010-01-W-Jakarta.doc).


Hall, David and , Bayliss, Kate (2017), Bringing water into public ownership: costs and benefits. Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU). In: , , , . Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), London (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2012), ACP-EU Water Facility: Partnerships initiative. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, London, UK (doi: http://www.psiru.org/sites/default/files/2012-08-W-ACPEUPUPs.docx) NB Item availability restricted.

Hall, David and , (2010), Public disaster and private gain - The proposed privatisation of electricity in Nigeria. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, Greenwich, London, UK PSIRU reports (doi: http://www.psiru.org/reports/2010-11-E-Nigeria.doc).

Hall, David and , Lobina, Emanuele (2010), The past, present and future of finance for investment in water systems. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, Greenwich, UK PSIRU Reports (doi: http://www.psiru.org/reports/past-present-and-future-finance-investment-water-systems).

Hall, David and , (2010), Why we need public spending. PSIRU, University of Greenwich. In: , , , . PSIRU, University of Greenwich, Greenwich, UK PSIRU Reports . pp. 1-77 (doi: http://www.psiru.org/reports/why-we-need-public-spending).

Hall, David and , Lobina, Emanuele (2010), Water companies in Europe 2010. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, London, UK PSIRU reports (doi: http://www.psiru.org/reports/2010-W-EWCS.doc).