Dr David Waite is a Research Associate with Policy Scotland.

Through Policy Scotland, he provides research support to the Independent Commission advising the Glasgow city-region City Deal.


Research interests

Dr Waite is interested in the development of second-tier city-region economies; both the underpinning production systems at and the governance responses for these places.  His research interests cover areas of economic and human geography, looking at:


  • the linkages between city-region and devolution policies in the UK
  • the integration of multi-location firms at second-tier city-regions
  • the application of critical realism within the social sciences.



David received his PhD in Geography at the University of St Andrews in 2015. He then worked as a research associate at Cardiff University and, with colleagues at the School of Geography and Planning, researched the emergence of city-region initiatives in south-east Wales.

Before commencing his doctoral research, David worked as a policy analyst in Auckland, New Zealand.


Policy Scotland projects

Research support for the Independent Commission on Economic Growth


Contact details

University of Glasgow website profile

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