Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Mr David Pritchard

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) (Swansea), MSc (Bath), M.Phil (Bath)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy
  • Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5559
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


David is currently Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. He also acts as Deputy Course Leader for Combined Honours. David worked for several universities before joining the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies in 2007. These included the Open University, Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool, the University of Gloucestershire, and the University of Bath. David’s research interests are interdisciplinary with particular reference to the dynamics of contemporary urban societies and social problems. He has extensive experience of teaching across the social science disciplines including Social Policy, Sociology, and Political Science. He was also pivotal in the early development of Impacts08 which is the largest research programme examining the social, cultural and economic impacts of the European Capital of Culture. David also has experience beyond the world of academia and has worked in forestry and the arts and heritage sectors.

Teaching Responsibilities

David is deputy course leader for Combined Honours.


  • Comparative analysis of social unrest
  • Crime and inequality
  • Crimes of the powerful and the poor
  • Quantitative analysis of social and spatial inequalities
  • Social and political theory

David acted as the interim research fellow for the Impacts 08 research programme. This was a £1 million research programme conducted on behalf of Liverpool City Council and the North West Development Agency by the Universities of Liverpool, to evaluate the social, economic, cultural, and environmental impacts of the 2008 European Capital of Culture Award on the city and the Merseyside region.

In 2011 David was involved in a collaborative research project, to examine the effectiveness of the Flexible New Deal in North London. This involved undertaking research with marginalised Welfare-to-Work clients about their experiences of activation programmes. The background to the project was the cancellation of the Flexible New Deal and its replacement with the Work Programme.

David has recently written and co-edited the book Riot, Unrest and Protest on the Global Stage. The book seeks to come to terms with riots, rioting and other forms of civil unrest in a way that transcends individual instances and superficial appearances. Although the English riots of 2011 did spark debate and facilitate research the book seeks to serve both a local (UK) and a global market. The book examines a number of factors and competing discourses associated with civil unrest and is interdisciplinary in character.


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