Dr Michael Fiddler BSc, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Key details

Dr Michael Fiddler
BSc, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

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'.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • 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

Research / Scholarly interests

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.

Key funded 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.

Recent publications


Fiddler, Michael and , (2018), Ghosts of other stories: a synthesis of hauntology, crime and space, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Crime, Media, Culture pp. 463-477 ISSN: 1741-6590 (Print), 2059-7991 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1741659018788399) Published.

Fiddler, Michael and , Banwell, Stacy (2018), ‘Forget about all your taboos’: transgressive memory and Nazisploitation, Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Studies in European Cinema ISSN: 1741-1548 (Print), 2040-0594 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17411548.2018.1456188) Published.

Book section

Fanghanel, Alexandra , Milne, Emma, Zampini, Giulia Federica, Banwell, Stacy , Fiddler, Michael (2020), The future, SAGE Publications. In: , , , Sex and Crim. SAGE Publications, (doi: ) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2020), Illegal Representations, SAGE Publications. In: , , , Sex and Crim. SAGE Publications, (doi: ) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2019), “The baseless fabric of this vision”: criminology, spectrality and the dialectic image, New York University Press. In: , , , Ghost Criminolog. New York University Press, (doi: ) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2018), “These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends”: Crime, Criminality and the State in Westworld, NYUP. In: , , , Streaming Criminolog. NYUP, (doi: ) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Fiddler, Michael and , (2019), The baseless fabric of this vision: an examination of the occult(uration) of crime, In: 75th ASC Annual Meeting, 13-16 Nov 2019, San Francisco, USA , . , (doi: ) Unpublished.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2018), Ghosts of other stories: a hauntological examination of crime in space, In: European Society of Criminology Conference, 29 August - 1 September 2018, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina , . , pp. 439-439 (doi: https://www.esc-eurocrim.org/images/esc/files/Abstracts_Sarajevo_2018.pdf) Unpublished.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2018), From Consulting Detective to Martian Mayor: using games mechanics in teaching, In: SHIFT 2018, Friday 5 January, 2018, Greenwich Maritime Campus, Queen Anne Court , . , (doi: https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/edu/shift2018/paper/viewPaper/1158) Unpublished.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2017), Cracking open the crypt: towards an occult criminology of the hidden and invisible, In: American Society of Criminology Conference, 15-18 November 2017, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA , . , (doi: ) Unpublished.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2017), Sherlock Holmes on Mars: using games in criminology teaching, In: Criminology at the Cutting Edge of the Curriculum, Thursday 14th September 2017, University of Derby , . , (doi: ) Unpublished.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2016), From Hell to Whitechapel: hauntology, crime and the construction of place., In: American Society of Criminology Conference: The Many Colors of Crime and Justice, 16-19 November 2016, New Orleans Hilton, New Orleans, LA , . , (doi: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asc/asc16/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Paper&selected_paper_id=1146962&PHPSESSID=1epn29bcrfm88mvi43qnbjo375) Unpublished.

Banwell, Stacy and , Fiddler, Michael (2016), “You will love in love camp 7”: genocidal violence, verisimilitude and the poetics of space, In: 72nd Annual Meeting 2016: The Many Colors of Crime and Justice, 16 - 19 Nov 2016, New Orleans, USA , . , (doi: ) Unpublished.

Edited book

Fiddler, Michael and , Black, Alli (2018), Prison Service Journal - Special edition focusing on 'The Arts in Prison', Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. In: , , , . Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, ISSN: 0300-3558 (Print), (doi: https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/publications/psj/prison-service-journal-239) Published.