Dr Kate Steel

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons), MA, MSc, PhD
  • Position:Lecturer in Linguistics
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 81904
  • Email:Kate3.Steel@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

My primary research interest is language and social interaction in institutional and professional contexts, including legal and investigative, healthcare, and corporate settings. I am particularly interested in the discursive construction of power relations in these situations, particularly when vulnerable or otherwise disadvantaged people are involved. 

Building on my ESRC-funded PhD, my current research analyses police body-worn video footage to explore police-victim communication during first response call-outs at the scene of reported domestic abuse incidents. This work is supported by the UWE Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Development Award 2023‐25.

Upcoming publications:
Steel, Kate (in press) "Can I have a look?": The discursive management of victims' personal space during police first response call-outs to domestic abuse incidents. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique [Special Issue on Forensic Linguistics].

Area of expertise

Social interaction

Forensic linguistics
Conversation analysis
Institutional and professional discourse
Interactional space

I welcome enquiries about PhD supervision in relation to any of the above areas, including projects which focus on social interaction in different contexts.


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