Professor David Dixon

BA Camb (Law), BPhil Hull (Criminology), PhD Cardiff, Wales (Sociology)

David Dixon  is a professor at UNSW Law. He was Dean for ten years to mid-2016   

The common theme running through David Dixon’s policing research is how regulation (legal and otherwise) affects policing practice. He has an international reputation for research in discrete but related fields: gambling regulation; drug law enforcement; comparative policing strategies and developments in criminal justice; legal regulation of policing; police reform; and police interrogation.  He is currently researching comparative developments in police interrogation.

David Dixon has conducted research on policing in England, Australia and the US and is committed to empirical fieldwork and comparative, historical and interdisciplinary perspectives. His research on police interrogation is the only study based on a large random sample of interrogations in a jurisdiction routinely using audio-visually recording.

HIs current research continues to focus on interrogation, but also outside criminal justice on post-colonial legacies and on legal education. 

His books include:

  • From Prohibition to Regulation: Bookmaking, Anti-Gambling and the Law (Oxford University Press); 
  • Law in Policing: Legal Regulation and Police Practices (Oxford University Press);  
  • A Culture of Corruption: Changing an Australian Police Service (Hawkins Press); and
  • Interrogating Images: Audio-visually Recorded Police Questioning of Suspects (Sydney Institute of Criminology).

A full list of publications can be found on the Faculty webpage .

He has acted as research consultant and adviser to the Home Office (England & Wales), the Criminal Justice Commission (Queensland), the NSW Police, and the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service. He was co-editor of Criminal Justice: An International Journal of Policy and Practice, and editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.

Areas of expertise
Interrogation, Policing, Criminal justice, Illegal markets, Regulation

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  • EMAIL David
  • Phone: +61415321151
  • Room 324 The Law Building University of New South Wales UNSW Kensington Campus Sydney NSW 2052 Australia (Access via Gate 2 off High St)
Book Chapters

Stubbs J, 2016, 'Searching for Integrity in Domestic Violence Policing', in Hunter J;Roberts P;Young S;Dixon D (ed.), The Integrity of Criminal Process From Theory into Practice, Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 53 - 74

Dixon D, 2016, 'Integrity, interrogation and criminal injustice', in The Integrity of Criminal Process From Theory into Practice, Hart Publishing, Oxford and Portland, pp. 75 - 95

Hunter JB;Dixon D;Roberts P;Young SM N, 2016, 'Introduction: Re-examining Criminal Process Through the Lens of Integrity', in Hunter J;Roberts P;Dixon D;Young SM N (ed.), The Integrity of Criminal Process From Theory into Practice, Bloomsbury Publishing, Oxford, pp. 1 - 34

Dixon D;Maher L, 2012, 'Containment, quality of life and crime reduction: Policy transfers in the policing of a heroin market', in Criminal Justice and Political Cultures: National and International Dimensions of Crime Control, pp. 234 - 266, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781843924395

Dixon D, 2011, 'Light and shadow: Comparative fieldwork in policing', in Bartels L;Richards K (ed.), Qualitative criminology: stories from the field, edn. Original, Federation Press, Australia, pp. 230 - 241, http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781876067243

Dixon D, 2009, 'From Criminal Justice to Control Process: Interrogation in a Changing Context', in Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions, pp. 91 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470747599.ch6

Dixon D, 2008, 'Authorise and Regulate: A Comparative Perspective on the Rise and Fall of a Regulatory Strategy', in Cape E;Young R (ed.), Regulating Policing: The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Past, Present and Future, edn. Original, Hart Publishing, Oxford and Portland, Oregon, pp. 21 - 44

Dixon D, 2007, 'Changing law, changing policing', in Mitchell M;Casey J (ed.), Police Leadership and Management, edn. 1, Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW, pp. 23 - 36

Dixon D, 2006, 'Regulating Police Interrogation', in Investigative Interviewing, edn. 1, Willan Publishing, Cullumpton, UK, pp. 318 - 351

Dixon D, 2005, 'The Legal Regulation of Policing', in Newburn T (ed.), Policing, edn. 1st, Willan Publishing, Cullompton, UK, pp. 637 - 669

Dixon D, 2005, 'Beyond Zero Tolerance', in Newburn T (ed.), Policing, edn. 1st, Willan Publishing, Cullompton, UK, pp. 483 - 507

Dixon D, 2004, 'Police governance and official inquiry', in Gilligan G;Pratt J (ed.), Crime, Truth and Justice, edn. 1, William Publishing, Devon, UK, pp. 115 - 137

Maher L;Dixon D, 2002, 'Policing and public health: law enforcement and harm minimization in a street-level drug market', in Stephanie Taylor (ed.), Ethnographic Research: A Reader, edn. 1st, Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. 36 - 64

Dixon D, 2001, 'Policing & public health: law enforcement & harm minimization in a street-level drug market', in Stephanie Taylor (ed.), Ethnographic Research: A Reader, edn. 1st, Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. 36 - 64

Dixon D;Travis G, 2001, 'The audio-visual recording of police interrogation in New South Wales', in Criminal Laws, edn. Third, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 228 - 231

Dixon D;Maher L, 1999, 'Walls of silence', in Hage G;Couch R (ed.), FUTURE OF AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURALISM, RESEARCH INST HUMANITIES SOCIAL SCIENCES, Univ Sydney, Res Inst Humanities & Social Sci, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, pp. 89 - 101, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000222533200009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Dixon D, 1999, 'The Normative Structure of Policing', in A Culture of Corruption: Changing an Australian Police Service, edn. Original, Hawkins Press, Sydney, NSW, pp. 69 - 97

Dixon D, 1999, 'Reform, Regression and the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service', in A Culture of Corruption: Changing an Australian Police Service, edn. Original, Hawkins Press, Sydney, NSW, pp. 138 - 179

Dixon D, 1999, 'Police Investigative Procedures: Changing legal nd political contexts of policing practices', in Miscarriages of Justice, edn. Original, Blackstones, London, UK, pp. 65 - 82

Dixon D, 1999, 'Issues in the Legal Regulation of Policing', in A Culture of Corruption: Changing an Australian Police Service, edn. Original, Hawkins Press, Sydney, NSW, pp. 36 - 68

Dixon D, 1999, 'Corruption and Reform', in A Culture of Corruption: Changing an Australian Police Service, edn. Original, Hawkins Press, Sydney, NSW, pp. 1 - 5

Dixon D, 1996, 'The control of illegal bookmaking in England and Australia', in Gambling cultures: studies in history and interpretation, edn. Original, Routledge Press, London, pp. 86 - 100

Dixon D, 1995, 'New left pessimism', in Contemporary issues in criminology, edn. Original, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, pp. 216 - 223

Dixon D, 1995, 'Revising `police powers`: legal theories and policing practices in historical and contemporary contexts', in Contemporary issues in criminology, edn. Original, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, pp. 128 - 174

Books

Dixon D, 2007, Interrogating Images: audio-visually recorded police questioning of suspects, Original, Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney

Dixon D, (ed.), 1999, A Culture of Corruption: Changing an Australian Police Service, Original, Hawkins Press, Sydney, NSW

Maher L;Dixon D;Lynskey M;Hall W, 1998, Running the risks: Heroin, health and harm in South West Sydney, Original, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, Randwick, NSW

Dixon D, 1998, Running the risks: Heroin, health and harm in South West Sydney, Original, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, Randwick, NSW

Dixon D, 1997, Law in Policing: Legal Regulation and Police Practices, Original, Clarendon Press, Oxford, UK

Maher L;Dixon D;Swift W;Nguyen T, 1997, Anh Hai: Young Asian Background People`s Perception and Experiences of Policing, Original, UNSW Faculty of Law Research Monograph Series, Sydney

Conference Papers

Dixon D, 2004, '`A Window into the Interviewing Process?` The Audio-visual recording of police interviews with suspects in New South Wales, Australia', in International Conference on Police Interviewing, International Conference on Police Interviewing, Ecole Nationale de Police du Quebec, presented at International Conference on Police Interviewing, Ecole Nationale de Police du Quebec, 09 - 11 February 2004

Dixon D, 2002, 'Police Interrogation Paper', in British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Keele, UK, presented at British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Keele, UK, 01 July 2002

Dixon D, 2002, 'From zero tolerance to the new policing', in Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference 2009, Brisbane, Qld, presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference 2009, Brisbane, Qld, 01 October 2002

Dixon D;Maher L, 2002, 'Beyond Zero Tolerance', in British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Keele, UK, presented at British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Keele, UK, 01 July 2002

Journal articles

Maher L;Dixon D, 2016, 'Cheaper drugs as crime control? Rethinking the drugs/crime nexus', Dialectical Anthropology, vol. 40, pp. 343 - 348, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10624-016-9419-4

Dixon D;Cowdery N, 2014, 'Silence Rights', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 17, pp. 23 - 37

Dixon D, 2013, 'Policing, Popular Culture and Political Economy: Towards a Social Democratic Criminology', CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE, vol. 13, pp. 630 - 633, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1748895813502273

Dixon D, 2012, 'Police Custody: Governance, Legitimacy and Reform in the Criminal Justice Process', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, vol. 45, pp. 279 - 281, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004865812443769

Dixon D, 2010, 'Questioning suspects: A comparative perspective', Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, vol. 26, pp. 426 - 440, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1043986210377107

Chan J;Dixon D, 2007, 'The politics of police reform: Ten years after the Royal Commission into the New South Wales Police Service', Criminology and Criminal Justice, vol. 7, pp. 443 - 468, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1748895807082068

Maher L;Li J;Jalaludin B;Wand H;Jayasuriya R;Dixon D;Kaldor JM, 2007, 'Impact of a reduction in heroin availability on patterns of drug use, risk behaviour and incidence of hepatitis C virus infection in injecting drug users in New South Wales, Australia', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 89, pp. 244 - 250, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2007.01.001

Dixon D, 2006, 'A Window into the Interviewing Process? Audiovisual Recording of Police Interrogation', Policing and Society, vol. 16, pp. 323 - 348

Dixon D, 2005, 'Why don't the police stop crime?', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 38, pp. 4 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/acri.38.1.4

Dixon D;Maher L, 2005, 'Policing, crime and public health: Lessons for Australia from the 'New York miracle', Criminal Justice, vol. 5, pp. 115 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1466802505053494

Dixon D, 2004, 'Handbook of policing', British Journal of Criminology, vol. 44, pp. 614 - 619

Dixon D, 2003, 'Police reform: Building integrity', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 36, pp. 379 - 381

Dixon D, 2003, 'From service to force? Policing New South Wales: a review essay', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 15, pp. 193 - 199

Dixon D, 2003, 'Review of `Police Reform: Building Integrity`, by Tim Prenzler and Janet Ransley', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 3, pp. 379 - 381

Maher L;Dixon D;Hall W;Lynskey M, 2002, 'Property crime and income generation by heroin users', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 35, pp. 187 - 202, http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/000486502320351650

Dixon D;Maher L, 2002, 'Anh Hai: Policing, culture and social exclusion in a street heroin market', Policing and Society, vol. 12, pp. 93 - 110

Dixon D;Schimmel JK, 2002, 'What`s wrong with the Law Enforcement Bill?', Law Society Journal, vol. 40, pp. 58 - 61

Dixon D, 2001, 'A transformed organization? The NSW Police Service since the Royal Commission', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 13, pp. 203 - 218

Maher L;Dixon D, 2001, 'The cost of crackdowns: Policing Cabramatta`s heroin market', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 13, pp. 5 - 22

Dixon D, 2000, 'Book review: Violence and police culture by Tony Coady, Steve James, Seumas Miller and Michael O`Keefe (eds)', Australian Journal of Social Issues, pp. 371 - 374

Maher L;Dixon D, 1999, 'Policing and public health: Law enforcement and harm minimization in a street-level drug market', British Journal of Criminology, vol. 39, pp. 488 - 512, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/39.4.488

Dixon D;Coffin P, 1999, 'Zero tolerance policing of illegal drug markets', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 18, pp. 477 - 486, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09595239996338

Dixon D, 1998, 'Broken windows, zero tolerance and the new York miracle', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 10, pp. 96 - 106

Dixon D, 1997, 'What`s Wrong with the Detention After Arrest Bill?', Law Society Journal, pp. 58 - 59

Dixon D, 1997, 'Ethics, Law and Criminological Research', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, pp. 211 - 216

Dixon D, 1996, 'History in Criminology', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, pp. 77 - 81

Dixon D, 1996, 'Reform of policing by legal regulation: international experience in criminal investigation', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, pp. 287 - 301

Dixon D, 1995, 'Change in policing, changing police', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, pp. 62 - 66

Bottomley K;Coleman C;Dixon D;Gill M;Wall D, 1991, 'The detention of suspects in police custody: The impact of the police and criminal evidence act 1984', British Journal of Criminology, vol. 31, pp. 347 - 364, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjc.a048134

Policing & pre-trial criminal process in England & NSW; police reform, drug law enforcement; legal education; post-colonial legality in Diego Garcia and Timor-Leste