David completed a first full career in the British Army in September 2007. For the last 8 years of this, he worked as a regional manager delivering interventions and advice to families, service members, and to the chain of command. His academic progress took place alongside his first career until he started a full-time PhD at Durham University in September 2007 (ESRC funded). This research investigated identity transitions of career soldiers and officers anticipating exit from the British Army.
After working freelance for a number of organizations (NHS, Army Welfare Service, Durham University and Institute of Criminal Policy Research at Birbeck, University of London), David worked at Purdue University, Indiana, in the Military Family Research Institute on a large longitudinal study of National Guard families experiencing operational deployment. David was also involved in research and writing activities for other projects such as the evaluation of Sesame multimedia materials designed for families with a wounded or injured member.
At the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, David first led the ‘Character and Virtue Education in British Schools’ project. He is now Principal Investigator for the ‘Soldiers of Character’ research project - a study of character and virtue among British soldiers and officers.
2015 to ongoing - Soldiers of Character - a study of character and virtue among British soldiers and officers.
2012 to Feb 2015 - ‘Character and Virtue Education in British Schools’ - investigated the place of character and virtue education in 68 British Schools, involving 10,000 pupils.
2011 to 12 - Research Associate at Military Family Research Institute (HDFS) Purdue, working on the following projects:
Family Journeys – large Longitudinal study of National Guard families experiencing stages of operational deployment (quantitative).
Family Adaptation and Resilience – study of 70 sick and injured US Veterans and their families (mixed methods).
Evaluation of ‘Sesame’ multimedia materials designed for military families coping with deployment, multiple deployment and injury (quantitative).
2009 to 2011 - ‘Young People, Interventions and the Secure Estate’. This study was completed by the Institute of Criminal Policy Research Team at Birbeck, University of London in conjunction with IPSOS Mori (mixed methods).
2007 to 2010 - PhD Project: How career soldiers understand the process of leaving the Army (qualitative).
Walker, D. I., Roberts, M. P. & Kristjánsson, K. (2015). Towards a new era of character education in theory and in practice. Educational Review, 67(1), 79-96.
Sanderse, W., Walker, D. & Jones, C. (2015). Developing the whole child in an age of academic measurement: can this be done according to U.K. teachers? Teaching and Teacher Education, 47, 195-203.
Walker, D.I., (2015) Putting ‘Insider-ness’ to Work: Researching Identity Narratives of Career Soldiers about to Leave the Army in Woodward, R., Jenkings, N., Williams, A., & Rech, M., Ashgate Research Companion to Military Research Methods (in press).
Walker, D. I., Cardin, J.F., Chawla, N., Topp, D., Burton, T., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., (2014). Effectiveness of a Multimedia Outreach Kit for families of wounded veterans, Disability and Health, 7(2); 77-85.
Walker, D. I., (2013). Anticipating Army Exit: Identity Constructions of Final Year UK Career Soldiers. Armed Forces and Society, 39 (2); 284 - 304.
Arthur, J., Kristjánsson, K., Walker, D. I., Sanderse, W. & Jones, C. (2015). Character Education in UK Schools, University of Birmingham, UK.
Topp, D., Cardin, J F., Walker, D. I. & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2013). The Impact of "Talk, Listen, Connect" Evaluation Overview of Sesame Workshop Kits for Military Families with Young Children. Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, Indiana, USA.