Professor David Bewley-Taylor

Personal Chair
Political And Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 4291

About Me

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 (University of Wilmington), Australia (University of Sydney), Hungary (Central European University) and India (Jodhpur National University).

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 speaker or invited participant at civil society and government drug policy dialogues, colloquia and symposiums.

David was the founding Secretary of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (2006-7), and is currently on the Editorial Boards of The International Journal of Drug Policy and the International Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy. He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, (University of Essex), a member of the International Advisory Board of the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies (Shanghai University), an Associate of the LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project and a technical advisor to the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. David 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.


  1. & (2012). The Limits of Latitude - The UN Drug Control Conventions. (Series on Legislative Reform of Drug Policies No. 18). Amsterdam: Transnational Institute.
  2. & Mapping the world drug problem: Science and politics in the United Nations drug control system. International Journal of Drug Policy 21(1), 1 doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2009.10.007
  3. The 2009 Commission on Narcotic Drugs and its High Level Segment: more cracks in the Vienna consensus. Drugs and Alcohol Today 9(2), 7 doi:10.1108/17459265200900013
  4. ‘Rethinking Drug Markets and Societal Reactions to Them: Contributions in Drug Policy’. 35, 205
  5. Watch This Space: Civil Liberties, Concept Wars and the Future of the Urban Fortress. Journal of American Studies 40(02), 233 doi:10.1017/S0021875806001368

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  • Untitled (current)

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  • America's 'Intervention': Opium, Conflict and International Interference. (current)

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  • 'The Collapsing Pillar: Jimmy Carter and US foreign policy towards Iran 1977-1981. ' (awarded 2013)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mcveigh
  • America snd Sri Lanka: Terrorism Ignored? (awarded 2010)

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    Other supervisor: Professor Jon Roper
  • Native American Sovereignty: Diminishment by the US Supreme Court from 1973 and Resurgence under Congress, pursuant to the "War on Terror". (awarded 2006)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Joy Porter