David Rothwell joined the McGill School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in June 2010. David studies poverty and economic inequality and specializes in social developmental and asset-based interventions. He is particularly interested in working with Indigenous/Native communities to reduce poverty and social exclusion. David is currently the Principal Investigator on a study to define and measure asset poverty in Canada and leading a collaborative research project on homelessness with the Old Brewery Mission in Montreal. He is a Faculty Associate with the Center for Social Development at George Warren Brown School of Social Work (Washington University in St. Louis). David earned his doctorate in social welfare from the University of Hawai'i where his dissertation examined social development and economic mobility among low-income Native Hawaiians. Before completing his PhD, he worked as a social worker in clinical mental health (Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New Orleans) and in community-based economic development (Hawai'i).
David leads the Social Development Research Group at the CRCF.
Current projects include
- Definition and Measurement of Asset Poverty in Canada
- Old Brewery Mission - McGill University Collaboration
- Financial Capability and Asset Building