Dr Howard Davis


Dr Howard Davis is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He graduated in Philosophy and Politics from Oxford University in 1982 (taking his MA (Oxon) in 2009) and qualified as a social worker in 1987. As a social worker he completed an MA in Crime, Deviance and Social Policy from Lancaster University in 1991 and moved into a full time academic career in 1999. Following his professional social work practice in the child protection, disaster and HIV/AIDS fields he has a longstanding research interest in the origins of, impact of, and response to trauma and loss. He completed a PhD in Disaster Management and Response from Lancaster University in 2009. He has authored and co-authored research reports, book chapters and articles for academic journals. His future interests lie in the criminological and political dimensions of ‘austerity’.  His recent interests include the role of ignorance in the origins and reproduction  on mass harm, austerity, and the neoliberal assault on the criminological imagination.


  • BA Philosophy and Politics, Oxford University, 1982
  • PG Dip Applied Social Studies CQSW, Liverpool Polythechnic, 1987
  • MA Crime, Deviance and Social Policy, Lancaster University, 1991
  • PG Cert Mental Health and Applied Social Work, Liverpool John Moores University, 1993
  • MA Philosophy and Politics, Oxford University, 2009
  • PhD – ‘Disaster Management and Response’, Lancaster University, 2009


  • CRI 1005 Criminology and the Modern World
  • CRI 1016 Power Knowledge Crime
  • CRI 3021 Crimes of the Powerful 1
  • CRI 3022 Crimes of the Powerful 2

Research Interests

  • Disaster Management and Response
  • Criminological Epistemology
  • Historical and Contemporary State and Corporate Crime
  • Social and Economic Harm


Barton, A., Davis, H. and Scott, D. (forthcoming 2019) ‘Quiet Silencing: Restricting the Criminological Imagination in the Neoliberal University’ in Divers, Employable Scholars in Higher Education: Challenges and Choices in Times of Austerity (New York: Springer).

Barton A and Davis H (Eds, 2018) Ignorance, Power and Harm: The Study of Agnotology and the Criminological Imagination, Palgrave

Barton, A., Davis, H. and White, H. (2018) ‘Agnotology and the Criminological Imagination’ in Barton, A. and Davis, H. (Eds) Ignorance, Power and Harm: The Study of Agnotology and the Criminological Imagination, Palgrave

Davis, H (2017) ‘Organisational Challenges in UK Post-Disaster  “Crisis Support” Work’, Disasters, 41(1): 55-76.

Barton, A. and Davis, H. (2016) ‘From Empowering the Shameful to Shaming the Empowered: Shifting Depictions of the Poor in “Reality TV”’, Crime Media Culture 14(2): 191-211.

Barton, A. and Davis, H. (2015) ‘Neo-liberalism, Higher Education and Anti-Politics: The Assault on the Criminological Imagination’, in Frauley, J. (ed.), C Wright Mills and the Criminological Imagination, Ashgate.

Barton, A. and Davis, H. (2013) ‘The Politics of Crime and the Crimes of Politics: Where Does Criminology Stand in the “War on the Poor”? European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control: Socio-Legal Newsletter (Special Edition).

Davis, H. (2013) ‘Making Sense of Disaster: Towards a Contextual, Phased Understanding of Organisationally Based Acute Civilian Disasters’, British Journal of Criminology, 53:3, pp. 378-400.

Davis, H. (2012) ‘The Performance of Shock and the Ubiquity of Cover-Up’, British Society of Criminology Newsletter, 71, Winter.

Davis H. (2012) ‘Contextual Challenges for Crisis Support in the Immediate Aftermath of Major Incidents in the UK’,British Journal of Social Work, Jan 2012, doi: 1o.1093/bjsw/bcr197.

Davis, H. (2011) ‘A Critical Evaluation of Crisis Support Arrangements in a UK Local Authority’, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 19:9.

Davis, H. (2009), ‘Intervening in Emergency: A Critical Evaluation’, A Local Authority Research Report.

Davis, H. (2007), ‘Taking Crime Seriously? Disaster, Victimisation and Justice’, in Barton, A. et al. (2007), ‘Expanding the Criminological Imagination: Critical Readings in Criminology’, Willan.

Davis, H., Haydon, D., Read, J., Scraton, P. & Wright, P. (2005), ‘Preventing Crime and Poor Health by Early Intervention/Positive Action: An Independent Research and Evaluation Report. Wigan Invest to Save Project 2002-2004’, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Davis, H. (2002), ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Warmonger: “Good”, “Evil” and the Shattering of Imperial Myth’, in Scraton, P. (ed) (2002), Beyond September 11: An Anthology of Dissent,PlutoPress.

Davis, H. & Heneghan, M. (2000), ‘Another Tick in the Box? Unmet Need among Children and Families from Cultural, National/Religious and ‘Racial’ Minorities in Sefton’, A Research Report for Children and Families Division of Sefton Social Services Department.

Davis, H. (1999) ‘The Psychiatrization of Post-Traumatic Distress’, British Journal of Social Work, 29.

Davis, H. & Scraton, P. ‘Institutionalised Conflict and Subordination of “Loss” in the Immediate Aftermath of Mass Fatality Disasters’, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, (1999) 7:2.

Davis, H. (1997), ‘Beyond Disaster: Identifying and Resolving Inter-Agency Conflict in the Immediate Aftermath of Disasters’, Research Report for the Home Office Emergency Planning Division, Centre for Studies in Crime and Social Justice.

Davis, H. & Scraton, P. (1997), Failing the Bereaved: The Subordination of Loss in the Immediate Aftermath of Major Disasters’, in Picking up the Pieces, Bedfordshire County Council.

Davis, H. & Bourhill, M. (1997), ‘”Crisis”: The Demonization of Children and Young People’, in Scraton, P. (ed)(1997), “Childhood” in “Crisis”?, London, UCL Press.

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