Danny Hunt


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Last updated 18th April 2024


Dr Daniel Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic and Investigative Psychology and the Acting Subject Leader in Psychology. Dr Hunt graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2014 with a first-class undergraduate honours degree in Psychology. He continued his studies at the University of Huddersfield and graduated in 2015 with a distinction in MSc Investigative Psychology. His MSc dissertation explored the behavioural and psychological narrative roles of missing adults and missing children. Dr Hunt also completed his PhD in 2019 in which his thesis explored the effectiveness of missing children publicity appeals. This research explored the factors associated with improving the effectiveness of missing children publicity appeals for the descriptions used in appeals, the type and number of photographs used in appeals, the type of design of the appeals, and factors associated with why people do or do not contact the police to report a potential sighting of a missing child.

Dr Hunt has supervised several PhD students to completion and has supervised over 100 MSc research projects. He is currently supervising PhD projects associated with missing persons, facial recognition, the language used within terrorist manifestos, criminal narratives, offender spatial behaviour, and lone wolf terrorism. Dr Hunt has also examined numerous PhD progressions, has served as an internal PhD examiner, and as an external PhD examiner for Fielding Graduate University, California, USA.

Dr Hunt's main research interests focus primarily on missing persons and offender narratives of crime. Other research interests include geographical offender profiling, prospective person memory, eyewitness testimony, facial recognition, problematic gambling, misinformation, child sexual exploitation, stalking, deception, juror decision making, and the own-race and other-race bias effect.

Dr Hunt has also presented his research at numerous local, national, and international conferences to academics, policy makers, practitioners, and within numerous police forces. He has also consulted with a number of police forces relating to aspects associated with missing persons and criminal narratives.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Missing Persons
  • Missing Children
  • Missing Adults
  • Eyewitness Behaviour
  • Offender Narratives
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Investigative and Criminal Psychology
  • Violent and Sexual Crime
  • Geographic Offender Profiling
  • Facial Recognition
  • Prospective Memory
  • Problematic Gambling
  • Gaming Disorder
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Offender Profiling
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Prospective Person Memory


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