David Buil-Gil


  • Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology, Criminology
  • 4.44 Williamson Building, Oxford Road

    M13 9QQ Manchester

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


David Buil-Gil is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology and Open Research Lead at the Department of Criminology, 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, 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, he applied model-based small area estimation techniques to criminological research in order to produce estimates and maps of the dark figure of crime, confidence in police work, worry about crime, and perceived neighbourhood disorder at small area level. His PhD research was funded by the University of Manchester Presidential Doctoral Scholar Award, and was awarded the Early Career Researcher Award 2021 of the Office for National Statistics.

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).

David's research has been published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, British Journal of Criminology, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Computers in Human Behavior, Crime Science, and Crime & Deliquency, among others. His research has been recognised by the Archimedes Contest of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and SportOffice for National Statistics, Spanish Society of Criminological Research, 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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Small area estimation in criminological research. Theory, methods, and applications, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 16 Dec 2019

Master of Arts, Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention, Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Criminology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Award Date: 1 Jun 2015

External positions

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

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Crime data
  • Victimisation surveys
  • Measurement error
  • Computational criminology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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


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