Portrait of a smiling Neil Boyd



Neil Boyd is a professor and Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, educated in psychology at the University of Western Ontario and in law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a previous director of the School of Criminology and the author of six books. His latest, A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future, is co-authored with Senator Larry Campbell and journalist Lori Culbert.

He is a frequent media commentator on subjects related to criminology: specifically, drug law and policy and issues of criminal violence and homicide. He has written articles about drug markets, heroin treatment initiatives, injectable drug use, responding to the threats posed by homicide offenders, and the linkage between drug use and homicide.

His other books include: Big Sister: How Extreme Feminism Has Betrayed the Fight for Sexual Equality; The Beast Within: Why Men Are Violent; High Society: Legal and Illegal Drugs in Canada; Gently into the Night: Aggression in Long Term Care; and The Last Dance: Murder in Canada.; two textbooks, The Social Dimensions of Law, and Canadian Law: An Introduction (now in its 4th Edition), and many academic articles.



1977-1979: Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M.
1974-1977: Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
1970-1974: University of Western Ontario. B.A. (Honours Psychology)
I965-1970: C.J. Mackenzie High School, Deep River, Ontario

Professional History

1989 -  Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University; Director, School of Criminology, 1987-1988, 1991, 1993-1996.

2004 -  Chair, Graduate Committee and Associate Director, School of Criminology

1986-1987: Director, Criminology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University

1983-1989: Associate Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University

1979-1983: Assistant Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University

Summer, 1974: Probation Officer (Adult) Ontario Department of Probation and Parole

Summer, 1973: Research, Non-Medical Use of Drugs Directorate, Health and Welfare, Canada

Summer, 1972: Daily Newspaper Reporter, Stratford, Ontario; Stratford Beacon Herald.

Awards, Honours and Grants

2008: Named Fellow of the Western Society of Criminology, for contributions to the discipline of criminology.

2004: Named Honorary Director, B.C. Civil Liberties Association

2000: President's Award for Contributions to the Media and Public Relations, Simon Fraser University

1994: Annual Sorokin Lecture, University of Saskatchewan

1990: Award of Excellence, AMTEC
"The Last Dance: Murder in Canada"
1st Place, Educational Video, Canada, 1989.

1977: $5,000 LL.M. Entrance Scholarship, Osgoode Hall Law School

1974: Dean's Honours List, University of Western Ontario

1973: Dean's Honours List, University of Western Ontario

1973: Nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario

Community and Professional Activity

2006 to present: Associate, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

2001 to present: Member, Board of Directors, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (United Nations affiliate),Vancouver, B.C.

2001 to 2006: Member, Board of Directors, Western Society of Criminology

2002 to 2005: Member, Board of Directors, Greater Vancouver Regional District, and Councillor, Bowen Island Municipality

1988 to present: Radio and newspaper articles, television interviews, keynote presentations and community talks; approximately 100-200 per year

1988 to present: Reviewer, Donner Canadian Foundation, SSHRC, Social Problems, University of Toronto Press, Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Journal of Law and Society

1984 to present: Papers presented at professional conferences (approximately two per year)

1984 to present: Provision of expert opinion evidence for courts, boards, commissions and tribunals


A Thousand Dreams: The Battle for Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Greystone Books, 2009 (with Lori Culbert and Larry Campbell).

Big Sister: How Extreme Feminism Has Betrayed the Fight for Sexual Equality,
Vancouver, Greystone, 2004.

Canadian Law: An Introduction, 3rd Edition,
Toronto, Nelson Publishing, 2002.

The Beast Within: Why Men Are Violent,
Vancouver, Greystone Books, (Paperback edition), 2002.

The Beast Within: Why Men Are Violent,
Vancouver, Greystone Books, 2000.

Canadian Law: An Introduction, 2nd Edition,
Toronto, Harcourt Brace, 1998.

Canadian Law: An Introduction,
Toronto, Harcourt Brace, 1995.

High Society: Legal and Illegal Drugs in Canada (Paperback Edition),
Bantam-Seal, 1993.

The Last Dance: Murder in Canada (Paperback Edition, Revised),
Bantam-Seal, 1992.

High Society: Legal and Illegal Drugs in Canada,
Toronto, Key Porter Books, 1991.

The Last Dance: Murder in Canada,
Scarborough, Prentice-Hall, 1988.

The Social Dimensions of Law,
Scarborough, Prentice-Hall, 1986.


Final Report: North American Opiate Medications Initiative, Community Impact Study, Vancouver Site, December, 2008, 81p. Lead author of report.

Final Report: Public Order and Supervised Injection Facilities: Vancouver's Supervised Injection Site, Lead author of report for Health Canada, 108 p., February, 2008.

A Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation of Vancouver's Supervised Injection Facility, Report for Health Canada, Martin Andresen and Neil Boyd (2nd author), 61 p. February, 2008.

Interim Reports, Principal Investigator, Vancouver site, Community Impact Study of the North American Opiate Medications Initiative (Heroin Prescription Trial), for Health Canada, 2004-2008, Final Report due Fall, 2008.

Eron Mortgage Study, B.C. Securities Commission, Vancouver, B.C., March, 2005, Lead author and principal researcher.

Responding to Aggression in Long Term Care: Lessons from Five Case Studies, Richmond, B.C., (Lead author, with Jan Mitchell and Aili Malm)  Worksafe B.C., 2004.

Gently into the Night: Aggression in Long Term Care, Richmond, B.C., Workers' Compensation Board, 1998.


"Milgaard v. The Queen: Understanding a Sexual Homicide", Neil Boyd and Kim Rossmo, in Kim Rossmo, Criminal Investigative Failures, CRC Press, pp.179-204, 2009.

"A cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of Vancouver's supervised injection facility", Martin A. Andresen and Neil Boyd, International Journal of Drug Policy, 08 May, 2009.

"A heroin prescription trial: Case studies from Montreal and Vancouver on crime and disorder in the surrounding neighbourhoods", Benoit Lasnier, Serge Brochu, Neil Boyd and Benedikt Fischer, International Journal of Drug Policy, 18 May 2009.

"Responding to aggression in long term care: lessons from five case studies", Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, Volume 25 (1), pp.104-123, 2009 (with Jan Mitchell and Aili Malm).

"In Favour: A Commentary on Gun Control", in press, Canadian Journal of Criminology, 2003.

"Rethinking Our Policy on Cannabis", Policy Options, 31-33, October, 1998.

"A response to Buckner", 38 Canadian Journal of Criminology 213-214, 1996.

"Canadian Criminal Law", in R. Silverman, J. Teevan and V. Sacco, Crime in Canadian Society, Fifth Edition, Toronto, Harcourt Brace, 1996.

"A Response to Professor Mauser", 37 Canadian Journal of Criminology 563-564, 1995.

"Bill C-68 - simple problem, complex solutions", 37 Canadian Journal of Criminology 214-219, 1995.

"Violence in the workplace in British Columbia: A preliminary investigation", 37 Canadian Journal of Criminology 491-519, 1995.

"Legal and Illegal Drugs", in M. Jackson and C. Griffiths, Canadian Criminology, 2nd Edition, Toronto, Harcourt Brace, 1994, 361-380.

"Milgaard v. The Queen: Finding Justice - Problems and Process", (with D. Kim Rossmo), Burnaby, Criminology Research Centre, February, 1992 (33 pages).

"Drug Use and Violence: Rethinking the Connections", 3 Journal of Human Justice, (with Liz Elliott and Bob Gaucher) 67-84, 1991.

"Legal and Illegal Drugs", in M. Jackson and C. Griffith, Canadian Criminology, Toronto, Harcourt Brace, 1991, 135-153.

"Sexuality and the State: Moral Boundaries in the Physical Realm", Canadian Journal of Family Law, Spring 1989, 353-366.

"Canadian Punishment of Illegal Drug Use: Theory and Practice", (revised from Journal of Drug Issues, 1983), in Illicit Drugs in Canada: A Risky Business, Toronto, Nelson, 1988, 421-435.

"Legal and Illegal Drugs: Discipline and Deviance", in V. Sacco, ed., Deviance: Conformity and Control, Scarborough, Prentice-Hall, 1988, 152-184.

"Reducing the Risks of Pleasure: Responding to AIDS in Canada", Canadian Public Policy (with Professor M.A. Jackson) December, 1988.

"Case Law and Drug Convictions: Testing the Rhetoric of Equality Rights", 29 Criminal Law Quarterly (with J. Lowman and C. Mosher), 1987, 487-511.

"Sexuality, Gender Relations and the Law: The Limits of Free Expression", in Regulating Sex, J. Lowman et al. eds, Burnaby, Simon Fraser University Press, 1987.

"Canada and Japan: Culture and the Criminal Law", Canadian Lawyer, May, 1986.

"Obscenity, Censorship and Violent Pornography: The Structure of Legal Language", York University Law Library Publications, 1986.

"Censorship and Obscenity: Jurisdiction and the Boundaries of Free Expression", 23 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 37-66, 1985.

"Sexuality and Violence, Imagery and Reality: Censorship and the Criminal Control of Obscenity", Working Paper #16, Ottawa, Research and Statistics, Department of Justice, 1985.

"Heroin Treatment in British Columbia, 1976-1984: Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis?", 27 Canadian Journal of Criminology (with C. Webster and C. Millard) 195-217, 1985.

"Practical Reform for Marijuana", Policy Options, March, 1984.

"The Criminal Diversion of Licit Drugs: The Dilemmas of Canada's Health Professions", in The Canadian Symposium on Drug Diversion, Ottawa, Health and Welfare Canada, 1984.

"Sentencing Canadian Narcotic Offenders: Some Dilemmas in Judicial Interpretation of Legislative Intent", 48 Saskatchewan Law Review 353-359, 1984.

"The Origins of Canadian Narcotics Legislation: The Process of Criminalization in Historical Context", 8 Dalhousie Law Journal 102-136, 1984.

"The Supreme Court on Drugs: The Masters of Reason in Disarray", Canadian Lawyer, 7-11, March, 1983.

"The Dilemma of Canadian Narcotics Legislation: The Social Control of Altered States of Consciousness", 7 Contemporary Crises 257-269, 1983.

"The Release of Juvenile Delinquents from Places of Confinement: A Comparative Analysis", in Issues in Juvenile Justice, Toronto, Butterworths, 1983.

"Canadian Punishment of Illegal Drug Use Circa 1982: Theory and Practice", Journal of Drug Issues, Fall, 1983.

"The Question of Marijuana Control: Is De Minimis Appropriate, Your Honour?", 24 Criminal Law Quarterly 212-232, 1982.

"Osgoode Hall: Recollections of a Dream Factory", Canadian Lawyer, October 1980, 6-7.

"The Circularity of Punishment and Treatment: Some Notes on the Legal Response to Juvenile Delinquency", 3 Canadian Journal of Family Law, 419-438, 1980.

"The Cruelty of Benevolence: The Release of Delinquents from Ontario's Training Schools", 19 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 237-266, 1980.

"Ontario's treatment of the 'criminally insane' and the potentially dangerous: the questionable wisdom of procedural reform", 22 Canadian Journal of Criminology and Corrections 151-168, 1980.

"An examination of probation", 20 Criminal Law Quarterly 335-361, June, 1978.

Appointments, Talks and Meetings

Appointed as an Honorary Director, B.C. Civil Liberties Association, August 2004.

Elected as a Councillor for the Bowen Island Municipality in November of 2002, and appointed as Bowen Island's representative to the Greater Vancouver Regional District in December of 2002.

August, 2001, appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, one of the United Nations Network of Criminal Justice Institutes, based at the University of British Columbia.Continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Society of Criminology.

Simon Fraser University: Elected as Chair of the Graduate Program, and Associate Director, School of Criminiology, effective September 1, 2004