Dr Kate Steel

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  • Position:Lecturer in English Language and 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

PhD in Language and Communication, Cardiff University 2022
MSc in Forensic Linguistics, Aston University 2017
MA in English Language and Linguistics, Queen's University Belfast 2008
BA Hons in English, Queen's University Belfast 2007

My research interests converge on interactions in institutional and professional contexts, with a focus on power and vulnerability. Building on my ESRC-funded PhD project at Cardiff University, my current research draws from police body-worn video footage to explore police-victim communication during first response call-outs to the scene of reported domestic abuse incidents.

Area of expertise

Forensic linguistics (legal-lay communication; vulnerability and linguistic disadvantage)

Institutional discourse
Interactional space
Conversation Analysis
Positioning Theory
Critical Discourse Analysis

Forthcoming publications:

Steel, K. (forthcoming, 2024) "Where's your light?": Constructing control of the setting and interactional space during police first response call-outs to domestic abuse incidents. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law [Special Issue on Forensic Linguistics].


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