David Smith was awarded a PhD in Social Sciences from Loughborough University in 2015. He currently works as a University Teacher in the Social Sciences Department at Loughborough University, teaching primarily on the Communication and Media Studies course.
His research interests lie primarily in political communication and journalism, particularly as they relate to particular social and political issues such as the mediation of immigration issues. In his PhD research, David analysed the coverage of such issues historically, charting their development within general election campaigning in the national press between 1918 and 2010.
David has been a Research Assistant/Associate on a number of content analysis projects conducted by the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University in recent years, including BBC Trust reports into the BBC's coverage of events relating to the Arab Spring and its coverage of various rural affairs, and broader analyses of the media coverage of the 2015 UK general election, 2016 UK referendum on membership of the EU and 2017 UK general election.