Professor David Bewley-Taylor

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David is a Professor of International Relations and Public Policy and founding Director of the Global Drug Policy Observatory (2013).

He was appointed as a lecturer at Swansea University in 2000 and since then has been visiting faculty at universities in the US, Australia, Hungary, India and Hong Kong. 

David has been researching aspects of drug policy for over 20 years with his main areas of interest being US drug policy, the UN and international drug policy and more recently counter narcotic strategies in Afghanistan. 

He has written two major research monographs - The United States and International Drug Control, 1909-1997 (Continuum, 2001) and International Drug Control: Consensus Fractured (Cambridge University Press, 2012) - a number of book chapters and published in a wide range of academic journals. David has given papers in Europe, North American and Australia and is a frequent speaker or invited participant at civil society and government drug policy dialogues, colloquia and symposiums. 

He has collaborated with and produced policy reports for a range of drug policy organisations beyond academia and at present is an Associate of the International Drug Policy Consortium and a Research Fellow of the Transnational Institute’s Drugs and Democracy Programme.