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.

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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