Dr David Barrett
I joined Exeter Law School in September 2018. I have two primary research interests: (i) socio-economic rights and socio-economic inequality (particularly within the UK context); and (ii) mechanisms of equality and human rights enforcement beyond courts.
I am a member of the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network: UK and Ireland (ESRAN-UKI) and the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) and I am one of the convenors for the 'Equality and Human Rights' stream at the SLSA Annual Conference.
I am always happy to supervise PhD students in any areas around equality and human rights law, particularly socio-economic rights and the right to education.
Research group links
- International human rights laws (particularly socio-economic and children’s rights)
- British equality and human rights law
- Socio-economic inequality (particularly issues of social class)
- Regulation and the interaction of different regulators around equality/human rights
- Education and schools (particularly socio-economic inequalities and Ofsted)
- Anti-radicalisation laws and policies (particularly within schools)
I enjoy supervising PhD students and I am happy to discuss any proposals with potential students within my broad field of interest (equality and human rights law).
I am currently second supervisor for Obinna Edeji on his project entitled 'The Right to Education in International Human Rights Law: Reconceptualising the Basis and Justification for its Implementation from the Perspective of its Fundamental Purpose with a Focus on Nigeia'
External impact and engagement
My research on the Equality and Human Rights Commission and regulators and inspectorates was drawn upon in a Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act. The report can be found here
I have an LLB from the University of Leicester, an LLM in Legal Research from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of Bristol.
My PhD was entitled 'Regulating Socio-Economic Inequality Utilising Equality and Human Rights Law: An Exploration in the Context of English Primary Education'.
Prior to joining Exeter Law School, I was a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University (2015-2018).
I am originally from Nottingham North, and I am a passionate supporter of widening participation projects.