David Best is Professor of Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University.
He has an under-graduate degree in psychology with philosophy, a Masters degree in criminology and a PhD in the psychology of addictions. He has authored or co-edited five books on addiction recovery, and is currently working on a new book on community connections for Policy Press, and an edited book on desistance and recovery. He has also written more than 170 peer-reviewed journal publications and around 70 book chapters and technical reports.
Previous employers include the Institute of Psychiatry (Kings College London), Strathclyde University, Birmingham University, the National Treatment Agency and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit.
His current research activities are around:
• recovery pathways (Scotland, England, Belgium, Netherlands)
• recovery capital and its measurement (US, UK)
• social identity theory and its implications for recovery (Australia, UK)
• recovery and desistance (UK)
• addiction treatment effectiveness particularly in prison settings (UK)
• prison and community connections (UK)
• family experiences of addiction and recovery (US, UK)