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David Orr

Senior Lecturer in Criminology
School of Justice

I have worked at UCLan Criminology in January 2002. I research criminal justice history, and have pubilished an number of articles relating to petitions and pardons (1819-1840). I am currently co-writing 'A History of English Prisons and Workhouses in the Nineteenth-century for Bloomsbury Press.

I currently teach and lead on a variety of 2nd & 3rd year modules on the criminology and sociology courses including Understanding Policing, Research Methods, Understanding State Crime and Genocide and Understanding Security and Policing. I also contribute to year one and theory modules on the criminology programme, and co-lead the Theory and Methods module for the taught masters in criminology. I am director of studies/supervisor for a number of post graduate students. Finally, I am jointly responsible liaison for liason with partner colleges.

I joined UCLan criminology in 2002 from Edge Hill University where I taught History and Criminology. I was also archivist for the Hillsborough (later disasters) Archive and worked on the National Violence Project with John Archer. Since joining UCLan Criminology, I have been subject leader and course leader for the joint Sociology and Criminology degree. I have been closely involved in undergraduate and postgraduate course development since the begining of my tenure.

  • My research focus is nineteenth-century criminal justice history. I have published on policing, and responses to petitions submitted by women and gay men. I am currently researching and writing about nineteenth-century prisons. I have presented numerous conference papers in these areas.