David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the DepartmentPhoto by www.aparatmedia.co.uk of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath in England. From 2013-2016 he was RCUK Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow leading a project on Understanding and explaining terrorism expertise in practice.

Research and Editorial work

David is interested in understanding power: who has it, how it is exercised and how it can be democratised. He is mostly interested in studying the powerful and is interested in a wide range of methods for doing so, including via investigative research, which he pursues with a range of collaborators.

Knowledge Exchange and media engagement

Spinwatch, a website devoted to public interest reporting on spin lobbying and political corruption (on which he maintains an occasional blog);

Powerbase, a wiki that monitors power networks and conflicts of interest (of which David is editor).

  • Advocacy on lobbying and ethics in public life: Spinwatch is a founding member of the UK based Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and of the EU oriented Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), which campaign for regulation of lobbyists and enhanced ethics rules for politicians and civil servants.
  • Media engagement: David is often called upon by the news media as a commentator and regularly writes for mainstream and alternative media outlets. His articles appear on the Guardian's Comment is Free, and many other outlets. For a list of media appearances See: In the media.
  • Advisory roles: David is a director of Common Weal, an advisor to the Brussels Tribunal on Iraq, the Centre for Investigative Journalism based at City University, London and between 2009 and 2013, advised the Centre for Community Practice, part of the Govanhill Baths Trust, in Glasgow's Govanhill.

Social media


Some recent books available to buy online - view more of David's publications via the menu.