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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 a 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 to publish his latest book, Against Imprisonment (Waterside Press, 2018), early in the new year.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer Criminology, The Open University


  • 2006 
    Uclan, PhD