Professor David Wall

David Wall


Chair in Criminology, University of Leeds

Former position

Turing Fellow

Partner Institution


David S. Wall, PhD is Professor of Criminology in the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK where he conducts interdisciplinary research into cybersecurity and cybercrimes in the cloud, ransomware, policing cybercrime, and organised cybercrime. He has published a wide range of articles and books on these subjects and has a sustained track record of interdisciplinary funded research in these areas from the EU FP6, FP7, H2020, ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC and other funders, such as the Home Office and Dstl.

David has 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 (2014-2016) which looked at issues of policy, costs and harms of crime and technology to society, also the HMIC Digital Crime and Policing working group in 2015, plus other non-governmental groups such as chairing the Scientific Board of RISCS.

More recently he has worked with the UN on various initiatives related to cybercrime. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He re-joined the University of Leeds in August 2015 from Durham University where he was Professor of Criminology (2010-2015) and Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences (2011-2014). Prior to moving to Durham he was Head of the School of Law (2005-2007) and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice (2000-2005) at the University of Leeds.