David is Professor of International Relations and Public Policy and founding Director of the Global Drug Policy Observatory (2013). Since appointment as a lecturer at Swansea University in 2000 he has been visiting faculty at universities in the USA, Australia, Hungary, India, Hong Kong, and mainland China.
While engaging with a wide-range of drug policy issues, his interdisciplinary research focuses predominantly on the United Nations and international drug control policy. In addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles, 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), and is co-editor of the Research Handbook on International Drug Control Policy (Edward Elgar 2020).
David was the founding Secretary of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (2006-7) and is currently on the Editorial Board of The International Journal of 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), and a technical advisor to the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation.
David has played an advisory role to governments and international organisations and collaborated with and produced policy reports for a range of international non-governmental organisations. At present he is a Senior Associate of the International Drug Policy Consortium and a Research Fellow of the Transnational Institute’s Drugs and Democracy Programme.