Professor David S. Wall FAcSS

Professor David S. Wall FAcSS


I am Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Law where I research and teach cybercrime, identity crime, organised crime, policing and intellectual property crime. I have published a wide range of 50+ articles and 12+ books on these subjects and I also have a sustained track record of interdisciplinary funded research in these areas from the EU FP6 & FP7, ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC & other funders, such as the Home Office and DSTL.

I am (or have been) a member of various Governmental working groups, such as the Ministerial Working Group on Horizon Planning 2020-25, the Home Office Cybercrime Working Group (looking at issues of policy, costs and harms of crime and technology to society), and the HMIC Digital Crime and Policing working group. I am an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Higher Teaching Academy.

I (re)joined the University of Leeds in August 2015 from Durham University where I was Professor of Criminology (2010-2015) and Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences (2011-2014). Prior to moving to Durham I was Head of the School of Law (2005-2007) and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice (2000-2005) at the University of Leeds.

I am currently conducting UKRI/ RCUK funded research into Cybercrime and Cybersecurity and Organised Crime. Current projects include: 1) Ransomware and Cybercrimes of Extortion (EMPHASIS - EconoMical, PsycHologicAl and Societal Impact of RanSomware) (EPSRC/PaCCs - EP/P011772/1) with Kent, De Montfort, City and Durham Universities (with Dr Alena Connolly). 2) Policing Cybercrime in the Cloud (EPSRC-Contrails - EP/M020576/1) Combatting CRiminals In The Cloud (CRITiCal) in collaboration with Newcastle University Centre for Cybercrime & Computer Security and Durham University Department of Computing (with Dr Maria Grazia Porcedda and Yanna Papdodimitraki). 3) Understanding Organised Crime and Terrorist Networks (Horizon 2020 – Grant 700688) in collabortion with 19 EU Universities and Security Agencies (with Dr Roberto Musotto), plus a range of smaller projects for the ESRC (Transnational Organised Crime) and N8 Police Research Partnership on Policing Bitcoin. 

I teach the following subjects:

  • Cybercrime & Cybersecurity
  • Organised Crime
  • Intellectual property crime


  • Managing Research Projects

Research interests

Current Research Projects

Policing Cybercrime in the Cloud (EPSRC/ESRC CRITiCal - Combatting cRiminals In The Cloud) (EP/M020576/1) (Oct 2015-Oct 2020)  (With Newcastle & Durham Universities)

Understanding Organised Crime and Terrorist Networks (Horizon 2020) (Sept 2016-Sept 2019) / (SYNYO Vienna and 16 cross sector partners)

Ransomware and Cybercrimes of Extortion (EPSRC/ ESRC Human Dimensions of Cyber Security) (EP/P011772/1) (EconoMical, PsycHologicAl and Societal Impact of RanSomware (EMPHASIS), PaCCs. With Kent, DMU, Newcastle, City, Durham Universities)

Transnational Organised Crime in the 21st Century (ESRC Transnational Organised Crime Theme PaCCs) (Oct 2016-Sept 2018)

Recently Completed Research Projects

Policing Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies (N8 Catalyst Fund) (June 2016-Apr 2017) – public report at: (With Greater Manchester Police)

Economic Crime Online (City Of London, with. Cardiff Univ.) with Cardiff University – see The Implications of Economic Cybercrime for Policing, Research Report, City of London Corporation, October 2015.

The Infiltration of Legitimate Economies by Organised Crime Groups (ARIEL) (FP7) (2013-2015) See report (Nov. 2015): Organized Crime Infiltration of Legitimate Businesses in Europe: A Pilot Project in Five European Countries, and other publications

The Portfolio of Organised Crime in Europe (OCP) (FP7) (2013-2015) – See report: From illegal markets to legitimate businesses: the portfolio of organised crime in Europe, Final Report of Project OCP – Organised Crime Portfolio (HOME/2011/ISEC/AG/FINEC/4000002220)

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  • BA (Hons) (CNAA) 1981
  • MA Social Policy (York) 1983
  • MPhil Criminology (by Research) (York) 1990
  • PGCHE (Leeds) 1993
  • PhD (Leeds) 1999

Professional memberships

  • Academy of Social Sciences
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Higher Education Academy
  • British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Current postgraduate research students

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