Welcome from Professor Canter

Although internationally known for introducing scientific psychology into ‘offender profiling’ and developing the field of Investigative Psychology beyond those origins, David has a wide range of interests including his continuing work in Environmental Psychology. Here his many publications and presentations are made available as well as his musical compositions, photographs and poems.

What Offender Profiling Is Not

The idea of creating a ‘pen picture’ of an unknown offender has found its way into popular accounts of criminal investigations as an almost mystical activity. Here you can download Professor Canter’s account of the truth about this process.

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Latest News and Posts

  • The Risks of Doing Research That Has Impact
    The pragmatic desire to ensure that research, especially social science research, has ‘impact’, that is consequences for those outside the research community, is growing priority for funding agencies (although it is curiously absent from the arcane realms of elementary particle physics and cosmology). There the view seems to be that enriching the understanding of those in the know of how the

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  • Environmental Sustainability Begins at Home
    It is well established that climate change and environmental degradation are intensifying the pressures on crucial resources such as food and water security and air quality.  These pressures are especially difficult to counteract in the least developed economies.  Yet if policies are to reduce these pressures they must draw on effective evidence. This evidence needs not only to be drawn from

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  • Archive, Therefore I Am
    What is the measure of a man? There are various emetics, but here’s one … Photo: David Canter) Having recently enjoyed voluntary severance from my academic post (less troubling than my vasectomy), after half a century as an academic, I was asked by my severed university to remove the archive I had collected over those years. More than half of that time and the great majority of that

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