Associate Professor David Bright

Associate Professor - Criminology

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce Building (3.22)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor David Bright is a Criminologist and Forensic Psychologist. He has worked in a range of clinical and forensic settings including community mental health services, police agencies, courts, and prisons. His research interests include criminal networks, organised crime, drugs and crime, and offender rehabilitation.


Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, University of New South Wales, 2013

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of New South Wales, School of Psychology, 2008; Thesis title: “The influence of gruesome evidence on juror emotion and decision making.”

Master of Psychology (Forensic) Honours, University of New South Wales, 2002

Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Honours, University of New South Wales, 1994

Honours, awards and grants

2010: The College of Forensic Psychologists (NSW Section) award for Research and Academic Work.

2010: Dean’s Rising Star Award for significant contributions to research (Faculty of Medicine, UNSW)

2007: Maconochie Award: “Best doctoral thesis on a forensic topic”. (College of Forensic Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society).

Key responsibilities

RHD Coordinator for the College of Business, Government and Law

Research expertise
Topic lecturer
CRIM3304 Criminal Networks
CRIM2304 Violent Crime
Supervisory interests
Organised crime
Social network analysis
Social networks
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Organised crime (1)
Principal supervisor: Criminal networks (1)
Expert for media contact
organised crime, criminal networks
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Media expertise
  • Crime
  • Violence
  • organised crime, criminal networks