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Professor David Canter, the internationally renowned applied social researcher and world-leading crime psychologist, is perhaps most widely known as one of the pioneers of "Offender Profiling" being the first to introduce its use to the UK.More about David Canter...
By David Canter | Published: March 12, 2013
Many fictional accounts of working undercover suggest it is just one long adventure. That is a portrayal by actors, who live to act as if they are someone else. They never suffer the consequences.
By David Canter | Published: February 15, 2013
Recent publications have encouraged me not to keep quiet about this any longer. Now is the time to explain why I find the term ‘profiling’ so problematic yet get stuck with using it.
By David Canter | Published: January 3, 2013
The referendum on Scottish independence, scheduled for 2014, may be regarded as an amusing abstraction for those outside Scotland but within it raises many questions about Scottish identity and what is special about Scottish society.
By David Canter | Published: November 19, 2012
With the exponential expansion even over the last few months of Web 2.0 it is important for social scientists to get a grip on the wide-reaching implications of these developments.
By David Canter | Published: October 4, 2012
When some journalist awards a case a sobriquet like The Railway Rapist, or the Moors Murderers, you know that the media has got its teeth into the case and will shake as much life out of it as possible.
By David Canter | Published: August 20, 2012
The value of Randomised Controlled Trials in very specific contexts cannot be denied, but imperialist claims for its universal applicability and its use as a bench mark for all other studies needs to be challenged.
By David Canter | Published: July 30, 2012
You can hardly open a newspaper or listen to a factual broadcast without some reference to neuroscience or evolutionary explanations of things that people do, feel or think.
By David Canter | Published: June 11, 2012
Letters to the newspapers from killers and other criminals are as old as newspapers, but there is something about the immediacy and anonymity of the internet and its ability to grab attention from a great mass of people who may not have a voice that will be listened to by authority that encourages its villainous use.