In Barbados David works as an Agronomist for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries & Water Resource Management (MAFFW). In this capacity he manages the National Organic Research and Development Sub-programme and provides environmental economic advice to various government agencies and international organizations. David is a trained Environmental Economist with a Masters in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management (Distinction) from the University of York, United Kingdom (UK). He pursued this masters as a Commonwealth Scholar to the UK after completing a first degree in Agricultural Science (Hons: Upper Division) from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago. In addition, he has received specialized training in The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (TEEB) facilitated by the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Utilizing these multidisciplinary skills David sits on the Barbados Green Economy National Steering Committee as a representative of MAFFW providing agricultural and environmental economic guidance. This committee seeks to make Barbados the first country in the Caribbean to develop the Green Economy. David’s research work with the University of Twente focuses on Multi-level Governance, Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Stewardship within Small Island Developing States (SIDS). His Ph.D. advisors are Prof.dr. Hans Th.A. Bressers and Dr. Tatiana Filatova. Contextual Interaction Theory, Choice Experiments and Agent-based Modeling are the main tools being utilized to determine and simulate the drivers of behavioural change that could lead to improved climate change adaptation and agri-environmental stewardship in SIDS within the context of multi-level governance.