Emeritus Professor Peter Byard Davis

BA (S'ton), MSc (London), PhD

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Honorary Academic


I am an Emeritus Professor in Population Health and Social Science and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Statistics at The University of Auckland.

In 2017 I completed a two-year James Cook Fellowship funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The results of this work are soon to be published by Springer in a mongraph co-authored with Roy Lay-Yee.

I was founding director of the COMPASS (Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences) Research Centre and held cross-appointments in the Department of Statistics and in the School of Population Health from the time of my appointment as Professor of the Sociology of Health and Well-being in 2004 until my retirement in 2017.

I have a Google Scholar H score of 40. Publications can be found at: https://scholar.google.co.nz/citations?hl=en&pli=1&user=vDKJkcsAAAAJ

I also have a personal website at: https://peterdavisnz.com/

Research | Current

  • Sociology of health including health inequalities
  • Public policy (including health policy and health services research)
  • Research methodology, especially indicator development, statistical techniques and survey practice

For information on current projects being undertaken, please see COMPASS Research Centre

Postgraduate supervision

Areas of expertise

Quantitative methods in social science. Aspects of health policy (particularly quality of and access to services), and social policy (social inequality, programme evaluation). Evaluating public policy. Simulation modelling and statistical analysis. Survey practice.  

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Lay-Yee, R., Milne, B., Davis, P., Pearson, J., & McLay, J. (2015). Determinants and disparities: A simulation approach to the case of child health care. Social Science and Medicine, 128, 202-211. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.01.025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Barry Milne, Roy Lay-Yee, Jessica McLay, Janet Pearson
  • Pega, F., Carter, K., Kawachi, I., Davis, P., & Blakely, T. (2014). The impact of an unconditional tax credit for families on self-rated health in adults: further evidence from the cohort study of 6900 New Zealanders. Social science & medicine (1982), 108, 115-119. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.03.002
  • Davis, P. (Ed.) (2013). Data Inference in Observational Settings. SAGE Publications Limited. Pages: 1648. Related URL.
  • Davis, P., Milne, B., Parker, K., Hider, P., Lay-Yee, R., Cumming, J., & Graham, P. (2013). Efficiency, effectiveness, equity (E<sup>3</sup>). Evaluating hospital performance in three dimensions. Health Policy, 112 (1-2), 19-27. 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.02.008
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roy Lay-Yee, Barry Milne
  • Lay-Yee, R., Scott, A., & Davis, P. (2013). Patterns of family doctor decision making in practice context. What are the implications for medical practice variation and social disparities?. Social Science and Medicine, 76 (1), 47-56. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.10.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roy Lay-Yee
  • Davis, P. B., McPherson, M., Wheldon, M., & von Randow, M. (2011). Monitoring Socio-demographic Risk: A Cohort Analysis of Families Using Census Micro-Data. Social Indicators Research: an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement10.1007/s11205-011-9869-7
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16250
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin von Randow
  • Davis, P., Lay-Yee, R., & Pearson, J. (2010). Using micro-simulation to create a synthesised data set and test policy options: The case of health service effects under demographic ageing. Health Policy, 97 (2-3), 267-274. 10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.05.014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roy Lay-Yee, Janet Pearson
  • Williams, S. J., Gabe, J., & Davis, P. B. (Eds.) (2009). Pharmaceuticals and Society: Critical Discourses and Debates. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Pages: 168.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 367
New Zealand

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