Dr David Buil-Gil

Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology

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David Buil-Gil is a Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology at the Department of Criminology of the University of Manchester, and Academic Lead for Digital Technologies and Crime at the Manchester Centre for Digital Trust and Society. His research areas cover geographic criminology, small area estimation applications in criminology, crime mapping, measurement error in criminological research, new methods for data collection and open data.

David is originally from Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). He holds a Bachelor in Criminology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2011-2015) and a Master's in Crime Analysis and Prevention from Miguel Hernández University of Elche (2015-2016). David obtained his PhD in Criminology at the University of Manchester in December 2019. In his PhD research, he applied model-based small area estimation techniques to criminological research in order to produce estimates and maps of confidence in police work, worry about crime, perceived neighbourhood disorder and the dark figure of crime at small area level. The articles that compose David's doctoral thesis have been published in the British Journal of Criminology, European Journal of CriminologyApplied Geography and Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy. His PhD research was funded by the University of Manchester Presidential Doctoral Scholar Award.

Before his current position at the University of Manchester, he was a JAEIntro Research Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council - CSIC (2014-2015), Research Assistant at CRÍMINA Research Center for the Study and Prevention of Crime - Miguel Hernández University of Elche (2015-2016), Teaching and Research Assistant at the Schools of Law and Social Sciences of the University of Manchester (2017-2019) and Research Fellow in Cybercrime at the Digital Trust and Security theme of the University of Manchester (2019-2021).

Currently, David is member of the Board of the Spanish Society of Criminological Research (SEIC), co-coordinator of the SEIC Working Group on Quantitative Criminology and member of the European Society of Criminology. He is also member of the Advisory Board of the Crimina Research Centre for the Study and Prevention of Crime, Miguel Hernández University of Elche.

The results of his research have been awarded by the Archimedes Contest of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Early Career Researcher Award of the Office for National Statistics, the Student Award of the Spanish Society of Criminological Research, the Final Dissertation Award of CRÍMINA Research Center for the Study and Prevention of Crime, and the Society of Chief Police Officers of Alicante (AJPLA).

Email: david.builgil@manchester.ac.uk

External positions

Associate researcher at CRÍMINA Research Center for the Study and Prevention of Crime, Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche

Areas of expertise

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms


  • Fear of crime, Small area estimation, Environmental criminology, Crime analysis, Emotions about crime

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Doctor of Philosophy, Small area estimation in criminological research. Theory, methods, and applications, The University of Manchester
  • 2016 - Master of Arts, Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention, Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche
  • 2015 - Bachelor of Arts, Criminology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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