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Durham University

Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group


Dr David Honeywell

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology

Contact Dr David Honeywell


I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Criminology in September 2018 and currently convene the Criminal Justice Landscapes undergraduate module and teach on the Drugs, Crime and Society undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

In my previous roles, I was module convener for the Sociology of Crime and Deviance undergraduate module at the University of York as well teaching social psychology and criminology modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Additionally, I designed and taught an Introduction to Criminology module for adult learners in the community for the Centre of Lifelong Learning.

I have also contributed towards the development of prison to college programmes and given regular keynote talks at universities and prisons in the areas of desistance, prisoner and ex-prisoner education, prisons and punishment.

I was also a founding member of the York crime walk, developed at the University of York which was an adaptation of the Durham crime walk.

I hold a BSc (Hons) degree in Criminology and Master of Science degree in Social Research Methods both from Teesside University. I completed my PhD in Sociology at the University of York in June 2018 which was a study about ex-prisoners and the transformation of self through higher education.

Research Interests

  • Desistance from crime
  • Prison and punishment
  • History of crime and punishment
  • Prisoner and ex-prisoner education


Journal articles

Honeywell, D. (2016) Ex-prisoners in higher education. ECAN bulletin, Howard League of Penal Reform., Issue 28, February 2016

Honeywell, D. (2016) Returning to Durham prison 30 years on: An ex-prisoners perspective. Prison Service Journal, Issue. 22

Exploring the transition from prisoner to university graduate: Discovering Desistance blog post [July 11, 2015]

Doing time with lifers: A reflective study of life sentence prisoners. The British Journal of Community Justice. Vol 13, Issue 1 (2014)

Book Reviews

Review of the book The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography, Edited by D. H. Drake, Earle, R and Sloan, J. (2015). Prison Service Journal (2016)


(2016) Never Ending Circles (3rd ed) North Yorkshire. Beehive Books

(2014) Never Ending Circles (2nd ed) North Yorkshire. Beehive Books.

(2012) Never Ending Circles. North Yorkshire. Nocton Publishing.

(2012) The Man Whose Skills Saved Millions. North Yorkshire. Nocton Publishing.

Book Chapters

Doing Hard Time in the United Kingdom In Richards,.S (ed) (2015) The Marion Experiment: Long-Term Solitary Confinement and the Supermax Movement (1st Edition). Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Media Publications

[Radio Broadcast] ‘Restorative Justice’ Interviewed by…Shelagh Fogarty, LBC Radio, (2 June, 2016)

[Radio Broadcast]‘Prison Reform’ Interview on Drive Time. Interviewed by…Lisa McCormick, BBC Radio Tees, (18 May, 2016)

[Radio Broadcast]‘Inside-Out prison to college programme’ Interviewed by Mike Parr, BBC Radio Tees, (29 October 2014)

[Radio Broadcast] ‘Is prison too soft’? Interviewed by… Ian Payne. [radio] LBC Radio, (20 September, 2012)

[Invited article] Government is tinkering around the edges with prison reform plan. The Conversation, [online] 18 May. Available at:<> [Accessed 19 May 2016].

[Invited Article] A prison education saved me from a lifetime behind bars, [online] Available at:<>[Accessed 19 May 2016].