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Kate Steel Steel   PhD (Cardiff) MSc MA BA (Hons)

Dr Kate Steel Steel PhD (Cardiff) MSc MA BA (Hons)

Research student

School of English, Communication and Philosophy


Last autumn I completed an ESRC PhD at the Centre for Language and Communication Research, where my work focused on legal-lay communication in domestic abuse policing. My thesis drew from body-worn video footage to examine police-victim interactions during first response call-outs to domestic incidents within the England & Wales jurisdiction. 

I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BA Hons in English in 2007 and an MA with distinction in Linguistics in 2008. After a hiatus from academia, during which I worked abroad in various countries and industries, I graduated from Aston University in 2017 with an MSc with distinction in Forensic Linguistics. I'm looking forward to celebrating with my Cardiff colleagues at graduation this summer. 

I'm now a lecturer and researcher at Bristol Centre for Linguistics at UWE Bristol. 



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Forensic and legal linguistics; institutional discourse; power and vulnerability; interactional space; conversation analysis; bodycam research.

My thesis combined tools from Conversation Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis to examine interactions between police officers and victims during first response domestic abuse call-outs. The study was funded by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. 



Michelle Aldridge-waddon

Dr Michelle Aldridge-waddon

Deputy Head of School and Head of Subject, Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences