David Wilson

David Wilson

Emeritus Professor

School of Social Sciences
0121 331 6616

David's work concerns serious violent crime – especially murder and serial murder. Having worked with a number of British serial killers and on police investigations related to linked murders, David has used these experiences within his research and teaching, most notably within the Applied Criminology Module on the BA Criminology.

He appears regularly in the print and broadcast media – most recently on Channel 4's 'Interview with a Murderer', ITV1’s 'Bring Back Borstal' and on Channel 5’s 'David Wilson’s Psychopaths'.

In 2013 he was made a National Teaching Fellow; he was the Vice Chair of the Howard League for Penal Reform (1999-2014); he was also the Chair of the Friends of Grendon; and Vice President of New Bridge.

Upon his retirement in April 2017, he was named an Emeritus Professor of Birmingham City University.

Current Activity

Vice Chair Howard League for Penal Reform 1999 - 2014; Vice President New Bridge; Chair The Friends of Grendon; Editor in Chief, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.

Professor David Wilson is a regular contributor to TV and radio. His latest series 'Killer Psychopaths' was aired earlier this year on Channel 5.

Read more on Killer Psychopaths on our blog

Areas of Expertise
  • All aspects of prisons and imprisonment
  • Murder and serial murder
  • Media representations of crime and punishment

MA (Hons); PhD (Cantab)

  • British Society of Criminology
  • Editor The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 1998 - 2015
  • The Howard League; New Bridge; HMP Grendon

All aspects of prisons and imprisonment, murder and serial murder.


A CV including publications is available on request.

Media Work

David Wilson is one of the University’s dedicated team of trained media champions, and can comment on a range of subjects including:

  • Murder and serial murder
  • prisons and imprisonment

To arrange a media interview, please contact Birmingham City University Press Office on 0121 331 6738, 07967 271532,
email press@bcu.ac.uk or via Twitter @BCUPressOffice

Watch him in action
David debated the Future of Murder
and reflected on 20 years after Dunblane at our Future Talk