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.