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Prof Francis Davis

Fellow, Visiting Fellow

Professorial Fellow

Oxford Institute on Population Ageing

PhD (Warwick), MPA (Warwick Bus. Sch.), MSc (London SOAS), PG Cert (Southampton), BA (Durham)

Francis Davis is Professorial Fellow at the Oxford Institute on Population Ageing where he is working on health, social care and inclusive growth in complex settings. He holds Professorships in international studies, leadership and public policy at Roehampton (where he is a Head of College) and Birmingham Universities. Zambian born his 2020 study of the social protection challenges of elderly Rwandan genocide survivors was the first of its kind. He is joint Policy Editor for the journal Voluntary Sector Review (Bristol).

A specialist in inclusive economies, enterprise, civic innovation and leadership Francis has held public and ministerial appointments – including at cabinet level – under three UK governments and led training and development projects for the FCDO, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and many INGOs. He is presently an advisor to the Thames Estuary Growth Board (covering 22 local authority areas) and Pakistan’s SEED Ventures as well as working with the NGO Arise on its Nigeria programme.

A wild swimmer his natural habitat is walking or swimming close to the Solent, in the South Downs National Park or in Northern Zambia. Every year he takes part in the UK Great South Run to raise resources for charities working on trauma and mental ill health.