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Michael Fiddler

Michael Fiddler BSc, MA, PhD

Michael Fiddler
BSc, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

Michael Fiddler joined the University of Greenwich in 2006 after completing his PhD at Keele University. His thesis was entitled: The penal palimpsest: an exploration of prison spatiality. He has subsequently published material relating to the ways in which prison buildings are represented in film and literature.

He has co-course co-ordinated the core level 5 courses Criminological Perspectives and Criminological Research Methods, as well as the level 6 core course Crime in the City, Crime and the State. He is also course co-ordinator for Crime and the Media and the Undergraduate dissertation. He supervises undergraduate and Masters dissertations and has acted as a second supervisor for one doctoral student. 

His work has been published in Crime, Media, Culture, The Prison Service Journal and The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. He has also edited special editions of The Prison Service Journal and The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice (the latter was co-edited with Dr Helen Johnston of Hull University). He is the UK book reviews editor for Crime, Media, Culture. Michael's work due for publication in 2017 includes an article in the journal Horror Studies and a chapter in The Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology.

In 2012, Michael was invited to be a speaker in the inaugural Philip Allan Sixth Form criminology conferences (held in London and Manchester) hosted by Professor David Wilson. These proved highly successful and were repeated in 2013-5 across four cities. In 2015/16, Michael also spoke at the Crimiknowledge and New Bridge criminology youth conferences.

In July 2014, Michael's work on the World Prison Brief was featured in HBO's 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'. In December 2011, he contributed to a Mail on Sunday article relating to the BBC television programme 'Sherlock'.

  • Member of the Faculty Learning and Innovation Group (FLIG)
  • Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for the most successful Keele graduate to continue onto doctorial studies
  • UK reviews editor for Crime Media Culture
  • Member of the editorial board of the Prison Service Journal

Michael's main areas of interest are representations of imprisonment, prison spatiality, and theories of horror and the uncanny. His recent portfolio has generated an area that he labels 'occult criminology'. Emerging out of Greek and Picart's 'Gothic criminology', it looks at spatial representations of crime and punishment through the lens of Freud's notion of the uncanny. It provides new ways of examining the criminal 'other' and 'other'ed spaces.

Funded research projects

Research on the reduction and prevention of deaths in custody - Independent Advisory Panel/Ministry of Justice (£99,000)

This research was commissioned by the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody to examine the impact of their policies on reducing deaths in custody across the secure estates (prisons, police cells, secure hospitals and immigration detention centres). The University of Greenwich conducted a number of evaluations that served to inform policy at the highest level.

The research led to the following published reports:

  • Jolliffe, D., Haque, Z, Fiddler, M. & Harvey, J. (2014). Mental Disorders and Deaths in Custody: Making the Case for Mental Health Literacy. Research Report. Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody.
  • Jolliffe, D., Haque, Z, Fiddler, M. & Harvey, J. (2014). Understanding and Addressing Self-Inflicted Deaths in Prison Amongst Those Aged 18 – 24. Research Report. Official Submission to the Harris Review into Self-Inflicted Deaths in NOMS Custody of 18-24 year olds. Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody.

and () . Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History. Taylor and Francis. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1750-4902 ISSN 1750-4902

() . Horror Studies. Intellect. pp. 79-95. ISSN 2040-3275 ISSN 2040-3275

() . Prison Service Journal. HM Prison Service of England and Wales. pp. 37-41. ISSN 0300-3558 ISSN 0300-3558

() . Crime, Media, Culture. SAGE Publications. pp. 281-299. ISSN 1741-6590 ISSN 1741-6590

() . Prison Service Journal. HM Prison Service. pp. 2-3. ISSN 0300-3558 ISSN 0300-3558

() . Prison Service Journal. HM Prison Service. pp. 56-60. ISSN 0300-3558 ISSN 0300-3558

() . Prison Service Journal. HM Prison Service. pp. 50-53. ISSN 0300-3558 ISSN 0300-3558

() . The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.. pp. 465-477. ISSN 0265-5527 ISSN 0265-5527

() . Prison Service Journal. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. pp. 37-42. ISSN 0330-3558 ISSN 0330-3558

() . Crime Media Culture. SAGE Publications. pp. 83-97. ISSN 1741-6590 ISSN 1741-6590

and () . The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. Blackwell Publishing. pp. 447-451. ISSN 1468-2311 ISSN 1468-2311

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() . In: The Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts. Routledge, Florence, Kentucky, US. ISBN 9781138819009

() . In: Companion to the History of Crime and Punishment. Policy Press.

() . In: Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology. Routledge. ISBN 978-1138888630

Browse our research at GALA