Jennifer Fleetwood

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Jennifer Fleetwood


Senior Lecturer




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Jennifer is a criminologist and sociologist whose research and writing centres on women, gender, and crime/law-breaking.

Jennifer is a criminologist and sociologist whose research and writing centres on women, gender, and crime/law-breaking. She uses an array of approaches including narrative, ethnography and interviews to explore women’s involvement in the drug trade, and more recently in responding to street harassment.

Jennifer joined Goldsmiths in June 2017. Before that she worked at the University of Leicester and before that, the University of Kent. Her PhD, was published as 'Drug Mules: Women in the International Cocaine Trade (winner of the British Society of Criminology Book prize, 2015).

Jennifer in an editor of the British Journal of Criminology, and sits on the board of the international journal Crime, Media, Culture. She is an active member of the British Society of Criminology and is a member of the Ethics sub-committee. She co-convenes the working group for Narrative Criminology at the European Society for Criminology.

Research interests

Jennifer’s has a long-standing interest in women's involvement in the drug trade, and has recently has written on women in online . She is a leading author in narrative criminology, and has contributed to a forthcoming book on the subject to be titled 'Good Stories: Telling Through Trouble'.

Publications and research outputs


Fleetwood, Jennifer. 2024. What We Talk About When We Talk About Crime. Kendal: Notting Hill Editions. ISBN 9781912559534

Fleetwood, J. 2014. Drug Mules: Women in the international cocaine trade. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 9781137271891

Edited Book

Fleetwood, J; Presser, Lois; Sandberg, Sveinung and Ugelvik, Thomas, eds. 2019. The Emerald Handbook of Narrative Criminology. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781787690066

Edited Journal

Fleetwood, Jennifer and Potter, Gary R., eds. 2017. Ethnographic research on crime and control, Methodological Innovations., . 2059-7991

Book Section

Fleetwood, Jennifer and Chatwin, Caroline. 2023. Gender Representations in Online Modafinil Markets. In: Meropi Tzanetakis and Nigel South, eds. Digital Transformations of Illicit Drug Markets: Reconfiguration and Continuity. Bingley: Emerald Publishing, pp. 109-126. ISBN 9781800438699

Fleetwood, Jennifer and Sandberg, Sveinung. 2022. Narrative Criminology and Ethnography. In: Sandra M. Bucerius; Kevin D. Haggerty and Luca Berardi, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 246-268. ISBN 9780190904500

Fleetwood, J and Turner, J. 2017. The backpacker’s guide to the prison: penal tourism in Latin America. In: J. Z Wilson; S Hodgkinson; P Piché and K Walby, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 887-908. ISBN 978-1-137-56134-3


Kindynis, Theo and Fleetwood, Jennifer. 2024. Information security for criminological ethnographers. Crime, Media, Culture, ISSN 1741-6590

Fleetwood, J and Lea, John. 2023. Not if – but how – to defund the police: Response to our critics. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 62(2), pp. 283-285. ISSN 2059-1101

Fleetwood, Jennifer and Leban, Lindsay. 2023. Women’s Involvement in the Drug Trade: Revisiting the Emancipation Thesis in Global Perspective. Deviant Behavior, 44(2), pp. 238-258. ISSN 0163-9625


Fleetwood, J. 2015. Sentencing Reform for drug trafficking in England and Wales’, IDPC Briefing paper, International Drug policy consortium. Discussion Paper. International Drug Policy Consrtium, London.