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Current Postgraduate Research Students

David Smith supervises 5 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Professor David Smith


David Smith

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594112


PhD supervision

I would be happy to supervise doctoral students in most areas of criminology and in research on probation, youth justice, criminal justice policy and social work with offenders.


Career details

I started working life as a probation officer, but have taught at Lancaster since 1976. I was appointed Professor of Social Work in 1993 and Professor of Criminology in 2002. The change of title reflected changes in the focus of my work as well as changes in social work itself.

Research Interests

Current research: Programmes for targeted/hate crime offenders. With Paul Iganski. Funded by the EHRC in Scotland.

Recently completed research (much of it with colleagues at Lancaster and elsewhere) includes:

An evaluation of the 'Promoting Human Dignity' programme for people convicted of racially aggravated offences, funded by Merseyside Probation Trust

  • Black and Asian men's experiences of the probation service and the criminal justice system (funded by the Home Office)

  • Anti-racist strategies in Burnley (funded by Lancashire Constabulary)

  • Witness support schemes (funded by the Scottish Executive)
  • Irish experiences of the English criminal justice system (funded by the National Probation Service)
  • An evaluation of a mentoring scheme for released prisoners (funded by the Catholic Caring Services)
  • Reactions in Britain and Japan to two cases of killing of children by children (funded by the Daiwa Foundation)

Other funded research on which I have published in recent years includes ESRC-funded work on racist violence, and Scottish Executive-funded work on electronic tagging and on two projects for persistent juvenile offenders.

I have a good record of supervising successful PhD students, and would be glad to hear from anyone interested in doctoral research in any of my areas of interest, but particularly in probation, prisons, youth justice, racism or hate crime.


Current Teaching

I am not currently involved in undergraduate teaching, apart from dissertation supervision, because I am partly 'bought out' from the department as a result of being Principal of The County College. I contribute a module to the new Master's in Criminological Research.

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