Professor of Criminal Justice Policy, De Montfort University

Gavin Dingwall is Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at De Montfort University. Prior to moving to De Montfort in 2005, he worked in the Department of Law at Aberystwyth University. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy (2016) and Flinders University of South Australia (2004).

He has researched widely in the field of Criminal Justice and in Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Evidence and Procedure. His most recent work has focussed on sentencing policy. The latest of his four books, written with Tim Hillier, Blamestorming, Blamemongers and Scapegoats: Allocating blame in the criminal justice process (Policy Press, 2016) was the subject of a discussion on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed' series. Gavin was a member of the Executive Committee of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (2008-2014) and currently serves on the Howard League for Criminal Justice's Research Advisory Group.


  • –present
    Professor of Criminal Justice Policy, De Montfort University


  • 1997 
    Aberystwyth University, MPhil / Law