Donald is a former journalist and international policy consultant, who was Poverty Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for the ten years prior to joining CRSP in 2008. He played a central role in establishing A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom, CRSP's ongoing research programme showing what incomes households need for an acceptable standard of living as agreed by members of the public. He now leads that programme and associated projects studying income, and plays a prominent national role in commenting on the adequacy of the public welfare system and on poverty trends.
- Hill, K. and Hirsch, D. (2019) Family sharing - A minimum income standard for people in their 20s living with parents. Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy
- Hirsch, D. (2018) The Cost of a Child in 2018. London: Child Poverty Action Group.
- Davis, A., Hirsch, D., Padley, M. and Shepherd, C. (2018) A Minimum Income Standard for the UK, 2008-2018: continuity and change. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
- Hirsch, D. (2018) Priced out of Justice? Means testing legal aid and making ends meet. London: The Law Society.
- Davis, A., Hirsch, D. and Padley, M. (2018) ‘The Minimum Income Standard as a benchmark of a ‘participatory social minimum', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. Volume 26, Number 1, February 2018, pp. 19-34(16)
- Hirsch, D. (2017) 'The 'living wage' and low income: Can adequate pay contribute to adequate family living standards?' Critical Social Policy. Vol. 38 Issue:6 pp1-20.
- Hirsch, D. (2017) 'Contemporary wage floors and the calculation of a living wage', Journal of Employee Relations. Vol. 39 Issue:6 pp815-824.
- Hirsch, D. (2016) London Weighting and London Costs - a fresh approach? London: Trust for London.