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Dr David Baker

Senior Lecturer in Criminology Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


    Personal Statement

    My research focuses on policing and accountability - specifically in relation to people who die after contact with the police. I've conducted a number of research projects on this issue, for example using documentary analysis of reports by police regulators and coroners' courts, and also by interviewing family members whose loved ones have died after contact with the police. I'm currently working on my second book, entitled ‘We are not the enemy’: deaths after police contact in the United States to be published in 2021 by Lexington Books. Future research is likely to focus on the preventable death of citizens after contact with state agencies.

    I was appointed Lecturer by the Department in September 2019. Prior to this I worked as a Lecturer at Coventry University for 11 years. I'm keen to develop collaborations and take on postgraduate supervision in the following areas: preventable deaths, coroners' courts, policing and regulation, and the policing of vulnerable citizens.


    Fulbright UK/US Teaching & Research Scholar Award (2016-17)

    Coventry University: 'Inspirational Teacher of the Year' (2013-14)