Dr Daniel Gilling

Dr Daniel Gilling

Associate Professor in Criminal Justice Studies

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Daniel can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Criminology
  • Crime
  • Crime prevention



BA first class honours in Social Policy and Administration from Portsmouth Polytechnic

PhD in Social Science from University of Manchester.

Daniel Gilling has worked at the University of Plymouth since 1991, having previously been employed as a lecturer at Manchester Polytechnic, and having worked as a research student and research assistant at the University of Manchester.

Professional membership

  • Member of British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD)



Teaching interests

  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Policing
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Partnership working
  • Criminology 

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner for two PhDs: University of Portsmouth (2004) and Southampton Institute (2005).



Research interests

  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Policing
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Criminal Justice policy making & implementation
  • Partnership working: the boundaries between social policy and criminal justice policy

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

2001 Adrian Barton: Managing Fragmentation: An Area Child Protection Committee in a Time of Change (DIrector of Studies until PhD transferred to University of Glamorgan in 2000)
2002. Nicholas Johns: From Here To Diversity: Ethnic Diversity in the NHS.
2006. Harriet Pierpoint: The Use of Volunteers as Appropriate Adults (Director of Studies until 2005)
2008. Stuart Lander: Policing Partnerships; An Investigation into the Police Response to Partnership Working in the Wake of the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act.

As Second Supervisor: Richard Applegate, Lesley Simmonds
As Third Supervisor: Nick Lynn

Grants & contracts

External funding:

1999 £46,930 from the States of Jersey Crime and Drug Strategy Unit for Jersey-wide Crime Victimisation Survey.

1999 £5,000 from Youth Justice Board for Youth Inclusion Project Neighbourhood Audit of young people at risk of offending.

2000 £9,000 from the Youth Justice Board for an evaluation of the Plymouth Community Justice Education and Employment Inclusion Project.

2000 £7,000 from Jersey Childcare Trust for Jersey-wide child care survey.

2002 £8,893.37 from Devon Community Safety Network for a study identifying the training needs of Community Safety Officers.

2003 £6,282.50 from Devon Community Safety Network for a feasibility study for measuring the extent of the fear of crime in Devon.

2006 £24,200 from Cornwall Blind Association for a Needs Survey and Business Development Study (with SRRU)

2006 £7,000 from Devonport Regeneration Company for An Evaluation of the Bobbies on the Beat Project (with SRRU)

2008 £5,625 from DRC Partnership for An Evaluation of Project 709: Addressing Anti-Social Behaviour in Devonport (with Zoe James & SERIO)



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Gilling D (2017) 'Thinking about Crime Prevention' Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice 13, (3) 263-270 , DOI
Gilling D, Hughes G, Bowden M, Edwards A, Henry A & Topping J (2013) 'Powers, liabilities and expertise in community safety: Comparative lessons for 'urban security' from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland' EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY 10, (3) 326-340 Author Site , DOI
Gilling DJ (2013) 'Reforming police governance in England and Wales: managerialisation and the politics of organisational regime change' Policing and Society n/a, , DOI
Gilling D (2012) 'Reasons to be cheerful? Addressing public perceptions through National Tackling Drugs Week' CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE 12, (1) 41-60 Author Site , DOI
Gilling DJ & Jolley M (2012) 'A Case Study of An English Community Court' British Journal of Community Justice 10, (2) 55-69
Gilling DJ (2012) 'a case study of an english community court'
Gilling D (2010) 'Crime Control and Due Process in Confidence-Building Strategies: A Governmentality Perspective' BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY 50, (6) 1136-1154 Author Site , DOI
GILLING DJ (2009) 'Multi-Agency Crime Prevention: Some Barriers to Collaboration' The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 33, (3) 246-257 , DOI
Gilling D (2008) 'Celebrating a decade of the Crime and Disorder Act? A personal view' Safer Communities 7, (3) 39-45 , DOI
Gilling D & Schuller N (2007) 'No Escape from the Iron Cage? Governmental Discourse in New Labour's Community Safety Policy' Crime Prevention and Community Safety 9, (4) 229-251 , DOI
Gilling D (2007) 'New wine in old bottles — charting the progress of Labour's crime prevention policy' Criminal Justice Matters 69, (1) 26-27 , DOI
Gilling D (2007) 'Making a reality of rural community safety' Safer Communities 6, (3) 7-13 , DOI
Gilling D & Barton A (2005) 'Dangers lurking in the deep' Criminal Justice 5, (2) 163-180 , DOI
Hughes G & Gilling D (2004) '‘Mission Impossible’?' Criminal Justice 4, (2) 129-149 , DOI
Gilling D (2003) 'The Audit Commission and the ills of local community safety: an accurate diagnosis?' Safer Communities 2, (1) 4-11 , DOI
Gilling D & Hughes G (2002) 'The community safety ‘profession’: Towards a new expertise in the governance of crime, disorder and safety in the UK?' Safer Communities 1, (1) 4-12 , DOI
Gilling D (2002) 'Crime, disorder and community safety' BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY 42, (4) 817-819 Author Site , DOI
Gilling D (2000) 'Surfing the Crime Net: Local Crime and Disorder Strategies in the UK' Crime Prevention and Community Safety 2, (3) 61-64 , DOI
Gilling D (2000) 'Surfing the Crime Net: UK Home Office Guidance on the Crime & Disorder Act 1998' Crime Prevention and Community Safety 2, (1) 51-54 , DOI
Gilling D (1999) 'Surfing the Crime Net' Crime Prevention and Community Safety 1, (3) 55-56 , DOI
Gilling D (1999) 'Surfing the Crime Net' Crime Prevention and Community Safety 1, (1) 67-70 , DOI
Pierpoint H, Gilling D, Gilling D & Francis P (1998) 'Crime prevention in rural areas' Criminal Justice Matters 33, (1) 25-28 , DOI
Gilling D & Barton A (1997) 'Crime prevention and community safety' Critical Social Policy 17, (52) 63-83 , DOI
Gilling D (2007) Crime Reduction and Community Safety. Willan Pub
Gilling D (2005) Crime Prevention. Routledge , DOI
Annison J, Auburn T, Gilling D & Hanley Santos G (2020) 'A flawed revolution? Interrogating the Transforming Rehabilitation changes in England and Wales through the prism of a Community Justice Court' Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice Bristol Policy Press 171-184
Annison J, Auburn T, Gilling D & Santos GH (2017) 'The ambiguity of therapeutic justice and women offenders in England and Wales' Evidence-Based Skills in Criminal Justice: International Research on Supporting Rehabilitation and Desistance Policy Press 397-419
Auburn TC, Smart C, Hanley Santos G, Annison J & Gilling D (2016) 'Discovering Mental Ill Health: 'Problem-Solving' in an English Magistrates' Court' in O'Reilly M; Lester J The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan 633-652 Publisher Site Open access
Gilling D (2016) 'Governing crime in rural UK: Risk and representation' Rural Policing and Policing the Rural: A Constable Countryside? 69-80
Gilling D (2010) 'Governing crime in rural UK: Risk and representation' Rural Policing and Policing the Rural: A Constable Countryside? 69-79
(2008) 'Crime and Penal Policy in Europe' Britain in Europe Routledge 383-401 , DOI