Theo Kindynis

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Sociology
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Theo Kindynis

Theo is a criminologist whose research and writing addresses the interrelationships between urban space, lawbreaking and social control. To date his research has focused on graffiti writing, shoplifting, and “urban exploration” (recreational trespass). He has used a range of research methods, including ethnography, interviews and photography in order to understand the motivations behind, meanings of and responses to deviant, criminal and subcultural practices. Theo joined Goldsmiths in May 2018.


Theo convenes the third year core module, Contemporary Issues in Criminology and the third year optional module, Crime, Control and the City. He teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.



Research Interests

Areas of supervision

Theo is keen to supervise PhD students interested in cultural criminology; urban space; deviant and criminal subcultures; critical perspectives on policing; and especially any projects employing ethnographic or qualitative approaches.

Publications and research outputs


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

Fiddler, Michael; Kindynis, Theo and Linnemann, Travis. 2023. Ghost Criminology review symposium: editor’s response. Crime, Media, Culture, 19(3), pp. 411-416. ISSN 1741-6590

Kindynis, T. 2021. Persuasion architectures: Consumer spaces, affective engineering and (criminal) harm. Theoretical Criminology, 25(4), pp. 619-638. ISSN 1362-4806

Fleetwood, J; Lea, John; Bromberg, Svenja and Kindynis, T. 2020. Coronavirus and changing conditions for crime. Discover Society,

Kindynis, T and Vegezzi, S. 2020. Tidal Influence. Kaleidoscope, 37, ISSN 2038-4807

Kindynis, T. 2019. Excavating ghosts: Urban exploration as graffiti archaeology. Crime, Media, Culture, 15(1), pp. 25-45. ISSN 1741-6590

Kindynis, T. 2018. Bomb alert: Graffiti writing and urban space in London. British Journal of Criminology, 58(3), pp. 511-528. ISSN 0007-0955

Kindynis, T. 2017. Urban exploration: From subterranea to spectacle. The British Journal of Criminology, 57(4), pp. 982-1001. ISSN 0007-0955

Kindynis, T and Garrett, BL. 2015. Entering the Maze: Space, Time and Exclusion in an Abandoned Northern Ireland Prison. Crime, Media, Culture, 11(1), pp. 5-20. ISSN 1741-6590

Kindynis, T. 2014. Ripping up the map: Criminology and cartography reconsidered. British Journal of Criminology, 54(2), pp. 222-243. ISSN 0007-0955

Book Section

Kindynis, T. 2019. Urban exploration as deviant leisure. In: Thomas Raymen and Oliver Smith, eds. Deviant Leisure: Criminological Perspectives on Leisure and Harm. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 379-401. ISBN 9783030177355

Hayward, Keith and Kindynis, T. 2013. The crime-consumerism nexus. In: Jeffrey Ian Ross, ed. Encyclopaedia of Street Crime in America. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, pp. 123-125. ISBN 9781412999571

Edited Book

Fiddler, M; Kindynis, T and Linnemann, T, eds. 2022. Ghost Criminology: The Afterlife of Crime and Punishment. New York: NYU Press. ISBN 9781479885725