Professor Nigel Fielding

Emeritus Professor
Wednesday mornings and Thursdays

Academic and research departments

Department of Sociology.



Research interests



I have authored or edited 16 books, 53 articles in learned journals, 56 chapters in edited collections, and 84 other publications excluding reviews. A list of the books, and articles published recently, follows.

BooksN. Fielding, Courting violence: Offence against the Person cases in court, Oxford: Oxford University Press (in the Clarendon Criminology Series), 2006, 240 pp. Awarded the Socio-Legal Studies Association Hart Prize 2007 for the Best Socio-Legal Book.

N. Fielding, The police and social conflict, second edition, London: Cavendish, 2005, 242 pp.

N. Fielding, Interviewing, boxed set, London: Sage Publications Ltd and Thousand Oaks CA: Sage, Inc., 2002, 1,664 pages in 4 volumes.

N. Fielding and M. Schreier (eds), Qualitative and quantitative research: conjunctions and divergences, Special Issue of Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 2 (1), 2001.

N. Fielding, A. Clarke and R. Witt (eds), The Economic Dimensions of Crime, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000, 260pp.

N. Fielding and R.M. Lee, Computer Analysis and Qualitative Research, London: Sage, 1998, 204pp.N. Fielding, Community policing, Oxford: Oxford University Press (in the Clarendon Criminology Series), 1995, 229 pp

N. Fielding, C. Kemp and C. Norris, Negotiating nothing: police decision-making in disputes (with C. Kemp and C. Norris), Farnborough: Avebury, 1992, 157 pp.

N. Fielding and R.M. Lee (eds) Using computers in qualitative research, London: Sage, 1991, , 216 pp. (Second edition, 1992).

.N. Fielding, The police and social conflict, (for the series Conflict and change in Britain: a new audit), London: Athlone, 1991, 266 pp.

N. Fielding and S. Conroy, Investigating child sexual abuse, London: Police Foundation/Policy Studies Institute, 1990, 200 pp.

N. Fielding, Actions and structure (editor), Beverley Hills & London: Sage, 1988, 202 pp.

N. Fielding, Joining forces: police training, socialisation and occupational competence, London: Routledge, 1988, 228 pp.

N. Fielding and J.L. Fielding, Linking data: the articulation of qualitative and quantitative methods in social research (with J.L. Fielding), Beverley Hills & London: Sage, 1986, 96 pp. Chapter 2, 'Comparative methods in social science' reprinted in A. Bryman (ed.) Classics of Mixed Methods, 2006.

N. Fielding, Probation practice: client support under social control, Farnborough: Gower, 1984, 174 pp.

N. Fielding, The National Front, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul (International Library of Sociology), 1981, 252 pp.

Journal ArticlesN. Fielding and M. Macintyre, 'Access Grid Nodes in Field Research' , Sociological Research Online, 11(2), 2006. Shortlisted for the Sage Prize for Innovation and Excellence 2007.

N. Fielding and M. Innes, 'Reassurance Policing, Community Policing and Measuring Police Performance', Policing and Society, 16(2), 2006, 127-45.

N. Fielding, 'Identity and intellectual work: biography, theory and research on law enforcement', Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, 7, 2006, 161-83.

N. Fielding, 'Concepts and Theory in Community Policing', Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 44(5), 2005, 460-72.

N. Fielding, 'The Resurgence, Legitimation and Institutionalization of Qualitative Methods' [23 paragraphs], Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 6(2), Art. 32. Available at: May 2005.

N. Fielding, M. Innes and N. Cope, 'The appliance of science: the theory and practice of crime intelligence analysis', British Journal of Criminology, 45 (1), 2004, 39-5.

N. Fielding, W. Mangabeira and R. Lee 'Computers and Qualitative Research: adoption, use and representation', Social Science Computer Review (US), 22 (2), 2004, 167-78.

N. Fielding, 'Getting the most from archived qualitative data: epistemological, practical and professional obstacles', in special issue on Celebrating Classic Sociology: Pioneers of Contemporary British Qualitative Research, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 7(1), 2004, 97-108.

N. Fielding and M. Innes, 'From Community to Communicative Policing: Signal Crimes and the Problem of Public Reassurance', Sociological Research Online, 7(2), 2002.

N. Fielding and R.M. Lee, 'New patterns in the adoption and use of qualitative software', Field Methods, 14 (2), May 2002, 197-216.

N. Fielding, 'Theorizing community policing', British Journal of Criminology, 42(1), 2002, 147-63.

N. Fielding, W. Mangabeira and R.M. Lee, 'Padroes de Adocao, Modos de Uso e Representacoes sobre Tecnologia Usuarios do CAQDAS no Reino Unido, em Meados da Decada de 90' (Patterns of Adoption, Modes of Use and Representations about Technology: CAQDAS users in the UK in the Mid-1990's') Sociologias. Porto Alegre, No. 5, 2001, 20-52.

N. Fielding, 'Community policing: fighting crime or fighting colleagues', International Journal of Police Science and Management, 3(4), 2001, 289-302.

'On the compatibility between qualitative and quantitative research methods' (with M. Schreier) [54 paragraphs], Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 2 (1), 2001. Available at

N. Fielding, 'The shared fate of two innovations in qualitative methodology: the relationship of qualitative software and secondary analysis of archived qualitative data' [43 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 1 (3), 2000. Available at

N. Fielding and J.L. Fielding, 'Resistance and adaptation to criminal identity: using secondary analysis to evaluate classic studies of crime and deviance', Sociology, 34(4), 2000,1-19.

N. Fielding, 'The norm and the text: Denzin and Lincoln's handbooks of qualitative method', British Journal of Sociology, 50(3), 1999, 523-532.

'Policing's dark secret: the career paths of ethnic minority officers', Sociological Research Online, 4(1), 1999.

N. Fielding, A. Clarke and R. Witt, 'Crime and economic activity: a panel data approach', British Journal of Criminology, 39(3), 1999, 391-400.

N. Fielding, 'Research and practice in policing: a view from Europe', Police Practice and Research, (USA), I (1), 1999, 1-29.

N. Fielding, R. Witt and A. Clarke, 'Common trends and common cycles in regional crime', Applied Economics, 30, 1998, 1407-1412.

N. Fielding, 'Comments on: The moral economics of homeless heroin addicts: confronting ethnography, HIV risk, and everyday violence in San Francisco shooting encampments', Substance Use and Misuse, 33 (11), 2361-2363, 1998.

N. Fielding, R. Witt and A. Clarke, 'Crime, earnings inequality and unemployment in England and Wales' , Applied Economics Letters, 5, 1998, 265-267.

N. Fielding and R.M. Lee, 'Applications of computer software in the sociological analysis of qualitative data' (with R.M. Lee), Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique, 57, 1997, 3-24.