Professor David Best
Leading recovery researcher, University of Derby
David Best is Professor of Criminology at Derby University, where he undertakes research around addiction recovery and desistance from crime.
He leads research into work on desistance from offending, recovery capital, and pathways to addiction recovery. He is also interested in social identity theory and its implications for recovery, recovery and desistance, addiction treatment effectiveness, prison and community connections, and family experiences of addiction and recovery.
David is also Honorary Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University and Chair of the Prison Research Network of the British Society of CriminologyHe trained as a psychologist and criminologist, and has worked in practice, research, and policy in the areas of addiction recovery and rehabilitation of offenders.
He is Director of Studies for PhD students studying addiction recovery, gambling, regulation of prisons and drug and alcohol treatment in prisons.