Senior Lecturer Criminology, The Open University

David was the coordinator of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control from 2009-2012. He is a former editor of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice and is the co-founding editor of the journal Justice, Power and Resistance.

David's main research interests include the ethical and political foundations of penal abolitionism; the relationship between abolitionism, human rights and social justice; critical social theory and the concept of 'crime'; and critical approaches to poverty, prisons and punishment.

Recent book titles include Controversial Issues in Prisons (Open University Press, 2010); Prisons and Punishment: The Essentials (Sage, 2014); Emancipatory Politics and Praxis (EG Press, 2016) and Why Prison? (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

David is currently researching the historical role of the prison officer.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer Criminology, The Open University


  • 2006 
    Uclan, PhD