Dr David Thompson

School of Law

Lecturer in Criminology

Programme Director for Undergraduate Criminology

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Dr David Thompson
School of Law
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I am a Lecturer in Criminology and joined the School of Law in December 2014.

Prior to this I was a funded PhD student at the University of Leeds and I was also a Research Assistant at the University of Leeds.Since 2007, I have held various teaching positions at Teesside University, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds.

My thesis was titled ‘Moving On after Getting Out: Support and Accountability for Convicted Sex Offenders' and was based on 30 semi-structured interviews with sex offenders.

In particular, I examined how offenders perceived the addition of Circles of Support and Accountability and the use of volunteers during their reintegration into the community.

The thesis was supervised by Professor Susanne Karstedt, Dr Stephen Hutchinson and Dr Birgit Völlm (University of Nottingham)

I have recently co-authored a book on the Resettlement of Sex Offenders after Custody with Prof Terry Thomas published by Routledge and I am working with Dr Philippa Tomczak to examine the role of the voluntary sector in criminal justice.

  • PhD, (2016, University of Leeds)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2009/10, Leeds Metropolitan University).
  • MA Social Research Methods (2008, University of York)
  • BSc (Hons)/MSC Criminology (2003-2007, University of Teesside)
Research interests
  • Reintegration/resettlement/rehabilitation of offenders
  • Sexual offending
  • Circles of Support and Accountability
  • Policing
  • Voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice


  • Thompson D & Thomas T (2017) The Resettlement of Sex Offenders after Custody: Circles of Support and Accountability. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Thompson D (2014) Thanks, that wasn’t bad at all’: Using Appreciative Inquiry to investigate a strengths-based approach to the reintegration of sex offenders In Shapland J, Maillard JD, Farrall S & Ponsaers P (Ed.), Desistance, Social Order and Responses to Crime (pp. 47-66). Maklu RIS download Bibtex download
  • Adams RV, Thomas T & Thompson D (2011) Working with Challenging and Difficult Behaviour In Adams RV (Ed.), Working with Children and Families: Knowledge and Contexts for Practice Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Quinlan T, Bacon M & Thompson D (2017) Evaluation of South Yorkshire Police’s ‘Partnership Data Sharing Hub RIS download Bibtex download
  • Thomas T, Thompson D & Karstedt S (2014) Assessing the impact of Circles of Support and Accountability on the reintegration of adults convicted of sexual offences in the community: Final Report RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • Thomas T & Thompson D (2014) Circles of Support and Accountability. In A Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk. Bristol: Policy Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Circles of Support and Accountability
  • Multi-agency criminal justice partnerships
  • Reintegration of offenders
  • Voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice
Teaching interests

I support a research-led approach to teaching and use my own research experiences to support and stimulate student learning.

I draw on contemporary materials and debates to ensure learning is up to date and relevant to the future careers students are seeking to pursue.

Teaching activities

The modules I teach are:


  • Sexual Offending and Sex Offenders (Convenor)
  • Responding to Crime (Convenor)
  • Responding to Crime and Victimisation (Convenor)
  • Representations of Deviance and Social Control (Convenor)    
  • Advanced Understanding Criminology  
  • Comprehending Criminology 
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice
  • Criminology and War
  • Introducing Criminological Research 
  • Police and Policing in a Global Context 
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Restorative Justice  
  • Situating Crime  
  • Skills for Criminologists 

Postgraduate and MA

  • Cultures of Criminology 
  • Effects and Risk in Relation to Vulnerabilities
Professional activities and memberships

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • Thompson, D. (2016) ‘Smoothing re-entry: Multiple perspectives of the value of Circles of Support and Accountability’. European Society of Criminology Conference, 24 September 2016, Münster, Germany.
  • Thompson, D. (2016) ‘A voluntary response to sex offenders and sexual offending: Findings from a national study’. Child Sexual Exploitation Symposium, 8 July 2016. University of Sheffield.
  • Thompson, D. (2015) ‘Formal and Informal Information Flows involving sex offenders’. European Society of Criminology Conference, Panel Session on Discretion and Decision Making by Practitioners. 3 September 2015. Porto, Portugal.
  • Thompson, D. (2015) ‘Selected findings from a National Study on Circles of Support and Accountability in England and Wales’. Keynote Speaker. Circles South Wales Conference. 12th June 2015. Cardiff
  • I co-organised a National Conference in July 2014 at the University of Leeds to disseminate findings. Two papers were presented at this event:
  • Thompson, D. (with T Thomas) (2014) 'Through the Looking Glass: Volunteers Experiences of Working in CoSA' Leeds CoSA Conference, 26th June 2014
  • Thompson, D. (2014) 'Overcoming Isolation and Stigma: How Core Members See CoSA' Leeds CoSA Conference, 25th June 2014