Professor David Best - Head of Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

thumbnail DavidBest smallDavid Best is a leading figure in the international research and policy movement around recovery from alcohol and drug problems. He is an experienced addictions and crime researcher and has published around 150 peer-reviewed papers, more than 50 policy and research reports and has authored three books on addiction recovery.

David's primary research interests are around recovery and social justice, including issues of stigma and inclusion for offenders and substance users. His research work is primarily around social inclusion and community connectedness and involves ongoing research partnerships with Deakin and Monash Universities in Victoria, Australia, the University of Queensland, Texas Christian University and Stirling University.

David is co-chair of the Sheffield Addiction Recovery Research Group; founder and co-chair of Recovery Academy Australia.

He has studied and researched at a range of academic institutions - Strathclyde University, London School of Economics, the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, Birmingham University, Griffith University (Queensland, Australia), University of the West of Scotland, Monash University (Victoria, Austrailia) and Sheffield Hallam University. He has also led Policy Research Teams at the Police Complaints Authority and the National Treatment Agency. He has also worked with the Prime Ministers Delivery Unit, the Scottish Government and the Victorian Government. David oversees the Criminology Subject Group at Sheffield Hallam University and contributes to the Masters in Applied Human Rights. He also co-chairs the Desistance and Recovery and Criminal Justice Expert clusters.