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Areas of expertise

  • Social policy, with a particular interest in aspects of political economy related to ideological shifts that affect the welfare state and social care in particular, 
  • The role of community and community work in the future of social care. 

David also teaches research methods, with a focus on qualitative methods. David has practice-based experience through working in a range of local authority youth and community settings between 1994 and 2007.


  • Raper, D. (2008), Anecdote to Evidence: Measuring Soft Outcomes (Practice Resource), West Sussex Childrens Fund.


  • Raper, D., Goble, C. and Harrison, R. (due 2016), Health and Social Care in the community. Palgrave


  • Raper, D. and Eichsteller, G. (2006), Social Pedagogy and Youth Work. Paper presented at Social Pedagogy Conference, Institute of Education, London. 
  • Raper, D. and Court, S. (2006), The why of Youth Work: Emotional Intelligence, Spirituality and Mental Health.  Paper presented to Portsmouth CAMHS Conference.
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