Dave Bewley-Taylor

Director of the Global Drug Policy Observatory (GDPO) and Research Fellow of the TNIs Drugs and Democracy Programme


Dave Bewley-Taylor is the director of the Global Drug Policy Observatory (GDPO) and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University, UK.  His main areas of research are US drug policy, the UN and international drug policy, various aspects of US politics and government and surveillance in American urban settings. He has written two major research monographs - The United States and International Drug Control, 1909-1997 (Continuum, 2001) and International Drug Control: Consensus Fractured (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

He also contributed to a number of book chapters and published in a wide range of academic journals including Diplomacy and Statecraft, Crime, Law and Social Change, The International Journal of Drug Policy, Intelligence and National Security, Drug and Alcohol Review, Contemporary Drug Problems; An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Drugs and Alcohol Today, Addiction Research and Theory and the Journal of Transatlantic Studies. He has given papers in Europe, North American and Australia and is frequently a speaker or invited participant at civil society and government drug policy dialogues, colloquia and symposiums.

He was the founding secretary of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (2006-7), is currently on the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Drug Policy and the International Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy, is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug policy and a technical advisor to the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. He has collaborated with and produced policy reports for a range of drug policy organizations beyond academia and at present is an Associate of the International Drug Policy Consortium and a Research Fellow of the Transnational Institute’s Drugs and Democracy Programme.

See: CV at Swansea University

  • Languages spoken
  • Areas of expertise
    US drug policy, UN and international drug policy
  • Honours/Awards
    Swansea University Distinguished Teaching Award