Professor David Canter

PhD, AcSS, FAPA, FBPsS(Hon), FRSM, CPsychol
Director International Centre for Investigative Psychology
at The University of Huddersfield
President Int. Academy for Investigative Psychology
Emeritus Professor of The University of Liverpool

Report relating to appeal of Al Megrahi

April 18th, 2012

The International Research Centre of Investigative Psychology compiled a report on the eyewitness testimony that was crucial in convicting  Al Megrahi as the Lockerbie Bomber. Professor Canter and his team carried out a detailed analysis of all aspects of the testimony of the main witness, a Maltese shop-keeper Mr Gauci. They also carried out an experiment to test key aspects of his identification evidence. The full report here  was to be used in Al Megrahi’s appeal, which was dropped when he was allowed back home on medical grounds.

A Very Short Introduction to Forensic Psychology

April 18th, 2012

Professor David Canter has written the latest edition in the popular Oxford University Press series entitled Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction.

The book covers lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, insanity in the law, predicting the risk of re offending , the minds of serial killers and many other topics that are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of scientific psychology broadly known as Forensic Psychology. The book discusses all the aspects of psychology that are relevant to the legal and criminal process as a whole.

Terrorism book now on sale

April 18th, 2012

The Faces of Terrorism – Multidisciplinary Perspectives, edited by David Canter is now available to buy online. The text unravels the different facets of terrorism, investigating what it means to be a terrorist and what terrorism means for society. It also looks at the perspectives and views of terrorists.

In The Faces of Terrorism, an international selection of experts, from a variety of disciplines, provide professional perspectives on a range of issues surrounding terrorism today. While focusing on current concerns with terrorism that has its roots in Islam, the book also explores links between organized crime and radical violence, and examines a variety of terrorist acts beyond bombing, such as kidnapping for ransom and cyberterrorism. The contributors also examine the dynamics of social networks, which have come to play an essential role for terrorist groups. The subtleties of all these processes are illustrated with fascinating case studies of terrorists around the globe.

This book offers a much needed account of a growing consensus across different disciplines about the variegated nature of terrorism. Bringing together state-of-the-field perspectives on this increasingly important topic, it shows that counter-insurgency activities need to embrace the public rhetoric that castigates terrorism, as well as engage with processes that could potentially place people on pathways to violent political action.

British Psychological Society honour Professor David Canter

April 18th, 2012

Professor David Canter, director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology,  has been honoured by his professional body, The British Psychological Society by being made an Honorary Fellow of the Society. This award, currently held by just 25 people, is reserved for psychologists whose work in the application of the disciple of psychology to the practical problems of our society is outstanding.

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