Resources – Selected Journal Articles

The list here is of academic publications in refereed/learned publications. For other types of publications, please refer to the Popular Publications and In the news pages.

If all publications were counted there would be over 400 including more than 30 books (authored and edited). David has presented well over 50 invited keynote papers at conferences worldwide.  His works have been translated in German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.

Many of these papers are available to download from The University of Huddersfield Repository, or from ResearchGate.

The University of Liverpool has an archive of David’s publications. The University of Huddersfield has an archive of the library of Environmental Psychology books he collected., David’s collection of over 500 Facet Theory papers is being created as an archive at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil – contact for further information.

The publications below are listed by discipline, in the following categories:

  • Social psychology
  • Medical/clinical psychology
  • Facet theory and research methodology
  • Environmental psychology
  • Organisational psychology
  • Human behaviour and emergencies
  • Criminal/investigative/forensic psychology (see also From OP to IP)


Canter, D. V. & Breakwell, G. M. (1993) “Methodological Contributions to the Theory of Social Representations.” In: Breakwell, G. M. & Canter, D. V. (eds.) Empirical Approaches to Social Representatiuons. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Breakwell, G. M. & Canter, D. V. (1993) “Aspects of Methodology and their Implications for the Study of Social Representations.” In: Breakwell, G. M. and Canter, D. V. (eds.) Empirical Approaches to Social Representations. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Wilson, M. & Canter, D. V. (1992) “Shared Concepts in Group Decision Making: A Model for Decisions Based on Qualitative Data.” British Journal of Social Psychology, 32.3: 159-172.

Canter, D. (1985) “Intention, meaning, and structure: Social action in its physical context.” In M. Von Cranach, G. Ginsberg & M. Brenner (eds.) Discovery strategies in the psychology of action. London: Academic Press.

Canter, D. & Breakwell, G. (1986) Psychologists and the media. Bulletin of The British Psychological Society, 39: 281-286.

Canter, D. (1988) “Environmental (social) psychology: An emerging synthesis.” In D. Canter, J. C. Jesuino, L. Sokza & G. M. Stephenson (eds.) Environmental social psychology. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press.

Canter, D.V. (1990) “In Search of Objectives: An Intellectual Autobiography.” In I. Altman & K. Christensen (eds.) Emergence of Intellectual Traditions. New York: Plenum.

Canter, D. (1993) “The lattice of polemic social representations: A comparison of the social representations of occupations in favelas public housing, and middle class neighbourhoods. In: D. Canter & C. Monteiro (eds.) Empirical Approaches to Social Representations.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Canter, D.  (2000). The Violated Body. In S. Sweeney & T. Benton (eds.) Journal of Popular Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Canter, D. V. (1993) “Can Health be a Quantitative Criterion? A Multi-facet approach to health assessment.” In S. Fulder & R. Lafaille (eds.) Towards a New Science of Health. Oxford: Routledge.

Canter, D. (1993) “The wholistic organic researcher: Central issues in clinical research methodology.” In G. Powell, R. Young & S. Frosh (eds.) Curriculum in clinical psychology, Leicester: The wholistic organic researcher: Central issues in clinical research methodology.  BPS.

Canter, D. (1987) “A Research Agenda for Holistic Therapy.” Complimentary Medical Research, 2.1.

Canter, D. & Booker, K. (1987) “Multiple Consultations as a basis for classifying patients’ use of conventional and unconventional medical practice.” Complementary Medical Research, 2: 141-160.

Canter, D. (1988). “How do we know that it works? Therapeutic outcome as negotiation.” Complementary Medical Research, 3.1.

Canter D. V.  & Nanke L. G. (1989) “Emerging Priorities in Complementary Medical Research.” Complementary Medical Research, 3.3: 14-21.

Canter, D. & King, K. (1989) “Ward development project.” In D. Canter (ed.) Psychology in action. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth University Press.

Canter, D. & Nanke, L. (1989) “Individual variation & sympiomatology: A homoepathic perspective.” British Homoepathy Research Group Communications, 1.19: 43-91.

Canter, D. & Cooper, A. (1998) “Design context & nursing roles.” In D. Wallis & C. J. de Wolff (eds.) Stress & organisational problems in hospitals. London: Croom Helm.


Canter, D. (1982). “Facet approach to applied research.” Perceptual and Motor Skills, 55: 143-154.

Canter, D. (1983) “The potential of facet theory for applied social psychology.” Quality and Quantity, 17: 35-67.

Canter, D. (1983) “Phases et roles de la participation des sciences humanines a l’elaboration de projets.” Extrait de Recherches Sociologiques, 3.

Canter, D., Brown, J. & Groat, L. (1985) “A multiple sorting procedure for Studying conceptual systems.” In M. Brenner, J. Brown & D. Canter (eds.) The research interview: Uses and approaches. London: Academic Press.

Canter, D.  (1992) “An evaluation of ‘Cusum’ stylistic analysis of confessions.” Expert Evidence, 1.2: 93-99.

Canter, D., Rivers R. & Storrs, G. (1985) “Characterizing user navigation through complex data structures.” Behaviour and Information Technology, 4.2: 93-102.

Canter, D. (1985) “How to be a facet researcher.” In D. Canter (ed.) Facet theory: Approaches to social research. New York: Springer.

Canter, D., Powell, J., Wishart, J. & Roderick, C. (1986) “User navigation in complex database systems.” Behaviour and Information Technology, 5.3: 249-257.

Canter, D. & Chester, J. (1997) “Investigation into the claim of weighted cusum in Authorship attribution studies.”  Journal of Forensic Linguistics, 4.2: 252-261.

Canter, D. & Alison, L. J. (2003) “Converting evidence into data:  The use of law enforcement archives as unobtrusive measurement.” The Qualitative Report, 8.2: 151-176.

Canter, D. (2004) “A Partial Order Scalogram Analysis of Criminal Network Structures.”  Behaviormetrika, 31.2: 1-21.

Bache, R., Crestani, F., Canter, D. V. & Youngs, D. E. (2010) “A Language Modelling approach to linking criminal styles with offender characteristics.” Data & Knowledge Engineering, 69.3.


Canter, D. & Larkin, P.  (1993) “The environmental range of serial rapists.” Journal of Environmental psychology, 13: 63-69.

Canter, D. & Donald, I. (1987) “Environmental psychology in the United Kingdom: Origins and current trends.” In D. Stokols & I. Altman (eds.) The handbook of environmental psychology. New York: Wiley.

Canter, D. (1982) “Contributing to environmental design.” In S. Canter & D. Canter (eds.) Psychology in practice: Perspectives on professional psychology. New York: Wiley.

Canter, D. (1983) “The physical context of work.” In D. J. Oborne & M. M. Gruneberg (eds.) The Physical Environment at Work. New York: Wiley.

Canter, D. (1966) “On appraising building appraisals.” The Architects’ Journal Information Library. 21 December, 1966.

Canter, D. (1968) “Office size: An example of psychological research in architecture.” The Architects’ Journal Information Library: 24th April, pp. 881-888.

Canter, D. (1969) “An intergroup comparison of connotative dimensions in architecture.” Environment and Behaviour, 1.1: 37-48.

Canter, D. & Wools, R. (1970) “A technique for the subjective appraisal of buildings.” Building Science, 5: 186-198.

Canter, D. & Canter, S. (1971) “Close together in Tokyo.” Design and Environment, 2.2: 60-63.

Canter, D. (1972) “Royal hospital for sick children: A psychological analysis.” The Architects’ Journal. 156: 525-564.  

Canter, D. & Lee, K. H. (1974) “A non-reactive study of room usage in modern Japanese apartments.” In D. Canter & T. Lee (eds.) Psychology and the built environment. Tonbridge, Kent: Architectural Press.

Canter, D., Sanchez-Robles, J. C. & Watts, N. (1974) “A scale for the cross-cultural evaluation of houses.” In D. Canter & T. Lee (eds.) Psychology and the built environment. Tonbridge, Kent: Architectural Press.

Canter, D. (1969) “Attitudes and perception in architecture.” Architectural  Association quarterly, 1.2: 24-31.

Canter, D. (1970) “Need for a theory of function in architecture.” The Architects’ Journal Information Library, 4.2: 299-302.

Canter, D. & Wools, R. (1970) “The effect of the meaning of building design on behaviour.” Applied Ergonomics, 1.3: 144-150.

Canter, D. (1997) “The facets of place.” Advances in Environment, Behaviour & Design, 4: 109-147.

Canter, D., Gilchrist, J., Miller, J. & Roberts, N. (1974) “An empirical study of the focal point in the living room.” In D. Canter & T. Lee (eds.) Psychology and the built environment. Tonbridge, Kent: Architectural Press.

Canter, D., West, S. & Wools, R. (1974) “Judgements of people and their rooms.” British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 13: 113-118.

Canter, D. & Tagg, S. K. (1975) “Distance estimation in cities.” Environment and Behaviour, 7.1: 59-80.

Canter, D. (1988) “Action and place: An Existential Dialectic.” In D. Canter , M. Krampen & D. Stea (eds.) Environmental perspectives. Etnoscapes, vol. 1: 1-17. Avebury.

Canter, D. (1975) “Building in use.” In D. Canter, P. Stringer, I. Griffiths, P. Boyce, D. Walters & C. Kenny (eds.) Environmental interaction: Psychological approach to our physical surroundings. London: Surrey University Press/New York: International University Press.

Canter, D., & Kenny, C. (1975).The spatial environment. In D. Canter, P. Stringer, I. Griffiths, P. Boyce, D. Walters & C. Kenny (Eds.), Environmental interaction: Psychological approach to our physical surroundings. London: Surrey University Press/New York: International University Press.

Canter, D. (1975) “An introduction to environmental psychology.” In D. Canter, P. Stringer, I. Griffiths, P. Boyce, D. Walters & C. Kenny (eds.) Environmental interaction: Psychological approach to our physical surroundings. London: Surrey University Press/New York: International University Press.

Canter, D. (1975) “Contributing to environmental decision making.” In D. Canter, P. Stringer, I. Griffiths, P. Boyce, D. Walters & C. Kenny (eds.) Environmental interaction: Psychological approach to our physical surroundings. London: Surrey University Press/New York: International University Press.

Canter, D. (1977) “Children in hospital: A facet theory approach to person/place synomorphy.” Journal of Architectural research, 6.2: 20-32.

Canter, D. (1977) “Why architecture is necessary.” RIBA Journal, 84, June 1977: 261-262.

Canter, D. & Scott, M. (1993) “Designing a research centre.” In D. Canter, D. (ed.) Psychology in Action.  Dartmouth.

Canter, D. & Craik, K. (1981) “Environmental Psychology.” Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1: 1-11.

Canter, D. & Brown, J. (1981) “Explanatory roles.” In C. Antaki (ed.) The psychology of ordinary explanations of social behaviour. London: Academic Press.

Kenny, C. & Canter, D. (1981) “A facet structure for nurses’ evaluation of ward designs.” Journal of Occupational Psychology, 54: 93-108.

Canter, D. & Kenny, C. (1981) “The multivariate structure of design evaluation: A cylindrex of nurses’ conceptualizations.” Multivariate Behavioral Research, 16.2: 215-236.

Canter, D. (1982) “Psychology and environmental design.” In S. Canter & D. Canter (eds.), Psychology in practice: Perspectives on professional psychology. New York: Wiley

Canter, D. & Rees, K. (1982). “A multivariate model of housing satisfaction.” International Review of Applied Psychology, 31: 185-208.

Canter, D. (1983) “The purposive evaluation of places – A facet approach.” Environment and Behavior, 15.6: 659-698.

Canter, D. (1983) “The environmental context of nursing: Looking beyond the ward.” In S. Skevington (ed.) Social psychology and nursing. Chichester: Wiley.

Canter, D. (1983) “Putting situations in their place: Foundations for a bridge between social and environmental psychology.” In A. Furnham (ed.) Social behaviour in context. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Canter, D. (1984) “Beyond building utilisation.” In J. A. Powell, I. Cooper & S. Lera (eds.) Designing for building utilisation. London: E & FN Spon.

Canter, D. (1984) “Vandalism: Overview and prospect.”  In C. Levy-Leboyer (ed.) Vandalism, behaviour and motivations. New York: Elsevier Science Publishers.

Canter, D. (1984) “Way-finding and signposting: penance or prosthesis.” In R. S. Easterby & H. J. G. Zwaga (eds.) Information design. New York: Wiley.

Canter, D. (1987) “Implications for new generation prisons of existing psychological research into prison design and use.” In A. Bottoms & R. Light (eds.) Problems of long-term imprisonment. Aldershot: Gower.

Canter, D. (1991) “Understanding, assessing, and acting in places: Is an integrative framework possible?” In T. Garling & G. Evans (eds.) Environment, cognition, and action. New York: Oxford University Press.

Canter, D.  (2000) “Seven Assumptions for an Investigative Environmental Psychology.” In S. Wapner, J. Dmick, T. Yamamoto & H. Minami (eds.) Theoretical Perspectives in Environmental Behaviour Research:  Underlying assumptions, research problems and methodologies. New York: Plenum.

Canter, D. (2006). “Environics in the wild.” Bulletin of People-Environmental Studies, 30: 5–10.

Canter, D. (2008) “Do We Need a Metatheory of the Built Environment?” Building Research and Information, 36.6: 663-667.


Canter, D. & Miles, H. (1976) “Motivation, not science, is clue to saving energy.” The Times Higher Education Supplement29 October 1976: 10.

Canter, D. (1984) “From knobs and dials to knowledge.” Design, August 1984: 31- 33.

Canter, D. & Cooper, A. (1988) “Design context and nursing roles.” In D. Wallis & C. J. De Wolff (eds.) Stress and organisational problems in hospitals. London: Croom Helm.

Canter, D. V., & Donald, I. (1990) “Temporal and Trait Facets of Personnel Assessment.” Applied Psychology: An International Review, 39: 4: 413-429.

Canter, D. (2003) “A Tale of two cultures: A comparison of the Cultures of the Police and Academia.” In  P. Villiers & R. Adlam (eds) Policing a safe, just and tolerant society.  An International Model. Hook, Hampshire: Waterside Press.


Canter, D., Breaux, J., & Sime, J. (1980) “Domestic, multiple occupancy and Hospital fires.” In D. Canter (ed.) Fires and human behaviour. New York: Wiley.

Canter, D. (1980) “An Overview of Human Behavior in Fires.” In D. Canter (ed.) Fires and Human Behavior. New York: Wiley.

Canter, D. (1980) “Fires and human behaviour – An introduction.” In D. Canter (ed.) Fires and Human Behaviour. London: Wiley.

Canter, D. (1980) “Fire and human behaviour: Emerging issues.” Fire Safety Journal, 3: 41-46.  

Canter, D. & Tagg, S. (1980) “The empirical classification of building aspects and Their attributes.” In G. Broadbent, R. Bunt, & T. Llorens (eds.) Meaning and behaviour in the built environment. New York: Wiley.  

Tong, D. & Canter, D. (1985) “Informative warnings: In situ evaluations of fire alarms.” Fire Safety Journal, 9: 267–279.

Canter, D. & Powell, J. (1986) “The management factor technique as an aid to decision-making by industrial safety management.” In H. P. Willumeit (ed.) Human decision making and manual control (pp. 289-298). North Holland: Elsevier Science.

Canter, D. (1990) “An overview of human behaviour in fires.” In D. Canter (ed.) Fires and Human Behaviour: Second Edition. David Fulton: London.

Canter, D., Donald, I., & Chalk, J. (1992) “Pedestrian behaviour during emergencies underground: the psychology of crowd control under life threatening circumstances.” In A. E. Vardy (ed.) Safety in road and rail tunnels. Kempston: ITC.

Donald, I. & Canter, D. (1992) “Intentionality and fatality during the King’s Cross Underground fire.” European Journal of Social Psychology, 22.3: 203-218.


Canter, D. (1988). “To catch a rapist.” New Society, 4 March: 14-15.

Canter, D. (1989) “Offender profiles.” The Psychologist, 2.1: 12-16.

Canter, D. & Heritage, R. (1990) “A multivariate model of sexual offence behaviour: Developments in offender profiling.” The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 1.2: 185-212.

Canter, D. & Larkin, P. (1993) “The Environmental Range of Serial Rapists”. Journal of Environmental Psychology., 13.1.

Canter, D. V. & Gregory, A. (1993) “Identying the Residential Location of Rapists”.  Journal of the Forensic Science Society, 34: 169-175.

Canter, D. (1992) “An Evaluation of the ‘Cusum’ Stylistic Analysis of Confessions”  Expert Evidence, 1.2: 93-99.

Canter, D., Missen, C. & Hodge, S. (1996) “Are serial killers special. A case for special Agents.” Policing Today, 2: 1.

Canter, D. (1997) “Beyond profiling psychology and the investigative process.” Forensic Update, 48: 29-31.

Canter, D. & Fritzon, K.  (1998) “Differentiating Arsonists: A model of fire setting actions and characteristics.” Legal and Criminal Psychology, 3: 73-96.

Canter, D. (1998) “Profiling as Poison.” Inter-alia, 2.1: 10-11.

Canter, D. & Hodge, S. (1998) “Victims and perpetrators of Male Sexual Assault.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 13.2: 222-239.

Canter, D., Hughes, D. & Kirby, S(1998) “Paedophilia: Pathology, criminality, or both? The development of a multivariate model of offence behaviour in child sexual abuse.” The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 9.3: 532-555.

Canter, D. (1999). “Equivocal Death.” In D. Canter & L. Alison (eds.) Offender Profiling – Series II – Profiling in Policy and Practice. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Canter, D.  (2000) “Offender profiling and criminal differentiation.” Legal and Criminological Psychology, 5: 23-46.

Canter, D., Coffey, T., Huntley, M. & Missen, C. (2000) “Predicting Serial Killers’ Home Base Using a Decision Support System.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 16.4: 457-478.

Canter, D. & Hodge, S. (2000) “Criminals’ Mental Maps.” In L. S. Turnball, E. H. Hendrix & B.D. Dent (eds.) Atlas of Crime:  Mapping the Criminal Landscape. Phoenix, Arisona: Oryz Press.

Canter, D. & Kremer, M. (2000) “Psychological Autopsy.” In K. Mason (ed.) The Pathology of Trauma.  London: Arnold.

Canter, D. & Youngs, D. (2002) “Offender Profiling: The need for an Investigative psychology.” In R. Bull & D. Carson (eds.) Handbook of Legal Contexts. Wiley & Sons.

Canter, D. (2002) “The Violated Body.” In S. T. Sweeney & I. Hodder (eds.) The Body. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Canter. D. & Youngs, D. (2003) “Beyond ‘Offender Profiling’: The Need for an Investigative Psychology.” In D. Carson & R. Bull (eds.) Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, 2nd ed. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Canter, D., Grieve, N., Nicol, C., & Benneworth, K. (2003) “Narrative Plausibility: The Impact of Sequence and Anchoring.” Behavioral Sciences and the Law21: 251-267.

Canter, D., Kaouri, C. & Ioannou, M. (2003) “The Facet Structure of Criminal Narratives.” In S. Levy & D. Elizur (eds.) Facet Theory: Towards Cumulative Social Science. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana.

Canter, D., Bennell, C., Alison, L., & Reddy, S. (2003) “Differentiating Sex Offences: A Behaviourally Based Thematic Classification of Stranger Rapes.” Behavioural Sciences and the Law, 21: 157-174.

Canter, D. (2004) “Geographical Profiling of Criminals.” Medico-Legal Journal, 72.2: 53-66. EMIS.

Canter, D. (2004) “Offender Profiling and Investigative Psychology.” Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 1: 1-15.

Canter, D. V., Alison, A. J., Alison, E. & Wentink, N. (2004) “The organized/disorganized typology of Serial Murder: Myth or Model?” Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 10.3: 7-36.

Canter, D., Giles, S. & Nicol, C. (2004) “Suicide without Explicit Precursors: A State of Secret Despair?”  Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 1.3: 227-248.

Canter, D. & Ioannou, M. (2004) “A multivariate model of stalking behaviours.” Behaviormetrika, 31.2: 1-18.

Canter, D. V. & Ioannou, M. (2004) “Criminals’ Emotional Experiences During Crimes.” International Journal of Forensic Psychology, 1.2: 71-81.

Canter, D. & Wentink, N. (2004) “An Empirical Test of Holmes and Holmes’s Serial Murder Typology.” Criminal Justice and Behavior, 20.10: 1-26.

Canter, D. (2005) “Confusing operational predicaments and cognitive explorations: Comments on Rossmo and Snook et al.” Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19.5: 663-668.

Canter, D. & Hammond, L. (2006). A Comparison of the Efficacy of Different Decay Functions in Geographical Profiling for a Sample of US Serial Killers. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 3, 91-103.

Canter, D. & Hammond, L.  (2007) “Prioritizing Burglars: Comparing the Effectiveness of Geographical Profiling Methods” Police Practice and Research, 8.4: 371 — 384

Canter, D. (2009) “Developments in Geographical Offender Profiling: Commentary on the Special Issue of JIP-OP dealing with the Bayesian approach to Geographical Offender Profiling.” Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 6.3: 161-166.

Canter, D. V. (2010) “The multi-faceted nature of terrorism: An Introduction.” In: D.Canter (ed.) The Faces of Terrorism: Multidiscplinary Perspectives. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Canter, D. V. & Sarangi, S. (2010) “The rhetorical foundation of militant jihad.” In: D. Canter (ed. ) The Faces of Terrorism: Multidiscplinary Perspectives. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Youngs, D. & Canter, D. (2011) “Narrative roles in criminal action: An integrative framework for differentiating offenders.” Legal and Criminological Psychology (advance online publication)

Youngs, D. & Canter, D. (2011) “Offenders‘ Crime Narratives as Revealed by the Narrative Roles Questionnaire (NRQ).” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 1-23.

Canter, D. & Youngs, D. (2012) “Victim Role Assignments in Violent Crime: A General Model of Offending Style.” Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology.

Canter, D. & Youngs, D.  (2012) “Applications of Narratives of Criminal Action to Forensic Psychology: Responding to Ward.” Legal and Criminological Psychology.