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Professor David Wilson

Professor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences

David is one of the UK’s leading criminologists, specialising in all aspects of prisons and imprisonment, murder and serial murder.

He is a regular commentator on TV and radio, appearing on diverse programmes including Newsnight, Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC 5 Live, ITV1’s This Morning and Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff.

David presented the Channel 5 series, ‘Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story’, where he examined the true scale of crimes committed by some of the country’s most notorious killers.

His most recent research into British hitmen received national media coverage, including The Guardian, The Observer and the Mail on Sunday.


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

Notable coverage:

  • The Wright Stuff, Channel 5 (May 2014)
    Discussed whether a person really can be born evil
  • Birmingham Post (May 2014)
    Discussed his experiences and opinions in a one to one interview
  • Sky News (June 2014)
    Discussed the recent murder stabbings in Colchester