Ms Megan Lupton

Job: PhD Student

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

A Senior Content Executive with experience in digital media and content writing, Megan Lupton is a DMU local completing a creative practice PhD. In 2018, she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Creative Writing from the University of Essex before completing her MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University.

Megan’s doctoral research investigates the ethical dilemma of true crime content and examines the conventions that define the genre. Her original contribution to knowledge is a novel about a budding author’s investigation into a local cold case. The practice element will disseminate the ethical pitfalls that true crime practitioners often navigate. 

To understand the role of a true crime practitioner, Megan intends to interview podcast hosts, authors, and social media influencers. She is also considering how to develop a public resource titled True Crime: Declassified, to showcase her findings. Megan’s interdisciplinary research will investigate a genre with significant societal impact.

Megan brings a combination of professional and academic writing experience. Her Instagram account, documents her research journey.

Research group affiliations

Institute of English

Research interests/expertise

True Crime
Crime & Violence in Entertainment
Creative Practice
Digital Media
Documentary Filmmaking
New Journalism
Creative Nonfiction
Feminism & Gender Studies


Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Film & Creative Writing, University of Essex (2015 - 2018)
Master of Arts in Creative Writing, Teesside University (2018 - 2019)

PhD Project


For the Love of Murder: A Creative Practice Research PhD Investigating the Ethics of True Crime Content

PhD project abstract

This practice research Creative Writing PhD is a creative interrogation of the ethics of true crime. My original contribution to knowledge will be a metafictional novel using the author-protagonist to examine the research process, moral concerns and ethical dilemmas of presenting true crime as entertainment. This project will examine how true crime intersects with literature, sociology, journalism and gender studies, as well as the role true crime plays in the criminal justice system. 

Name of supervisors

Dr Josie Barnard SFHEA, Dr Victoria Knight & Dr Simon Perril

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