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Dr David Baker

Senior Lecturer in Criminology Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


    Personal Statement

    My research focuses on accountability and regulation - specifically in relation to people who die after contact with state agencies. I've conducted a number of research projects on people who die after contact with the police. For example, by 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. A research project funded by the Fulbright Commission led to the publication in 2021 of my second book: 'Police Related Deaths in the United States' (Lexington Books). This was the first known book based on empirical field-research of this issue.

    I am currently working on research into preventable deaths in relation to mental healthcare in England and Wales. It examines deaths in healthcare, custodial and community settings.

    I'm keen to develop collaborations and take on postgraduate supervision in the following areas: preventable deaths; coroners' courts; and the regulation and governance of publicly funded organisations.


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

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