David is a senior research fellow at Leeds Beckett's Law School. Prior to entering academia David was police officer up to his retirement from the service in 2007 where he carried out various uniform and CID roles. During the latter part of his police career he began studying part time. After retiring as a detective sergeant, he began his academic career at Liverpool John Moores University's Law School.
Mainly due to his background and operational practice, David's main research interests are in terrorism & security, policing and criminal law. He is widely published in these areas and his expertise has been called on to be an expert witness that has included the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit, SO15 on terrorists' use of tradecraft (counter-surveillance techniques) and for the Irish state prosecutor and the Irish police (An Garda Siochana) regarding evidence obtained from electronic communications. David is consistently requested by national and international media for expert commentary in his research interests.
David is currently involved in a number of projects related to Prevent programme that assists those who are vulnerable to being drawn towards terrorism and in counter-extremism. This includes helping to develop practical exercises using LBU's Hydra suite. He is a member of an All Party Parliamentary Committee, where he attends meetings at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster to provide advice on Prevent. David is a member if the Academic Resilience & Security Community which is a network of universities formed to promote academic engagement in solving challenges in national security and resilience in the public sector. Academic RiSC is recognized by the Home Office and other Government Departments as a portal to academia for this area. David is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner temple (one of the UK's four inns of Court).
Industry Expertise (3)
Writing and Editing
Areas of Expertise (5)
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (professional)
LSU Amazing Teacher (professional)
Police Good Conduct and Long Service Medal (professional)
Queens Jubilee Medal (professional)
Liverpool John Moores University: PhD, Law and Criminology 2010
University of Liverpool: MPhil, Law & Criminology 2003
Liverpool John Moores University: LLB, Law 2001
Liverpool John Moores University: BA, Criminal Justice 1996
- All Party Parliamentary Committee : Member
- Academic Resilience & Security Community : Member
- Honourable Society of the Inner temple : Member
Media Appearances (3)
The Granada Debate: Has the government abandoned its promise for a transport revolution?
ITV News online
On this episode, the panel discuss the Integrated Rail Plan and terrorism in the North West.
IS-K, Al-Qaeda to use Afghan refugee's flow to sneak its members into US, EU: Report
Dr David Lowe, a senior research fellow at Leeds Beckett University Law School and head of a consultancy business in terrorism and security...
Leeds sees 'concerning' rise in referrals to anti-extremism scheme Prevent
Yorkshire Evening Post online
Dr David Lowe, a former police officer and now senior research fellow at Leeds Beckett's Law School, with interests in terrorism. He is involved in Prevent projects and is a member of an All Party Parliamentary Committee, where he attends meetings at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster to provide advice on Prevent. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Issues Related to Establishing Causes Behind Terrorist Attacks: The Liverpool Attack ConundrumCounter-IED report
2021 On the 14th November 2021 Emad al-Swealmeen was in a private hire taxi when the improvised explosive device (IED) he had made detonated in the vehicle outside the Women’s Hospital in Liverpool. Although the taxi driver escaped with minor injuries, as a result of the device activating and the subsequent fire in the vehicle, al-Swealmeen died.
The Covert Human a Intelligence Source (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021: Making Lawful Criminal ConductThe Expert Witness
2021 In April 2021 the UK government introduced the Covert Human Intelligence (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021 that allows in certain circumstances informant to commit criminal offences. The article examines the provisions in the Act assessing if they are compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and concerns as to the level of criminal conduct informanants will be allowed to particpate in.
Preparation of Terrorist Acts, Section 5 Terrorism Act 2006: Evidence Required and Sentencing GuidelinesExpert Wintess Journal
2021 Drafted in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in London, July 2005 the Terrorism Act 2006 was introduced that included an important section regarding the preparation of terrorist acts. Section 5 of the Act states: (1) A person commits an offence if, with the intention of: (a) committing acts of terrorism, or (b) assisting another to commit such acts, he engages in any conduct in preparation for giving effect to his intention.
Post-Brexit will EU Data Protection Law Still Impact on Police Investigations into Terrorism and Organised Crime?Expert Witness Journal
2021 January 2021 saw a total break of the UK from the European Union (EU). In post-Brexit UK terrorism and organised crime investigations two factors changed. One is the UK is longer part of the EU’s policing agency Europol and consequently has no access to the terrorism/crime intelligence data, along with the fact that the UK no longer can access the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).
Manchester Arena Bombings: main lessons that have been learntCounter IED Report
2020 In the evening of the 22nd May 2017 in the Manchester Arena attendees, mainly young people, had just enjoyed a concert by Ariana Grande. Making their way through the Arena’s large foyer towards the exits, where many parents were waiting to collect their children who attended the concert, Salman Abedi, who entered the foyer as the concert was ending, detonated a bomb contained in a rucksack he was wearing killing 22, with 139 physically injured and many more suffering psychological injury.