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Research Profile

Ms Victoria Silverwood 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+ 44 (0)29 208 76871
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Address:1-3 Museum Place


MSc Social Science Research Methods (Socio-Legal). Passed with Distinction. Cardiff University. 2010.

MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Passed with Distinction. Cardiff University. 2009.

BSc (Hons) Sociology and Criminal Justice.  University of Plymouth. 1997.


Victoria is currently completing a PhD in socio-legal studies, funded by ESRC until 2013.

Before returning to education, Victoria worked as a Legal Executive in a criminal defence firm, where duties included attending clients in the police station and at court.

Teaching Profile

SI0199 - Theories of Crime and Punishment

SI0201 - Offending and Victimisation

Research Interests

Victoria’s multi-disciplinary research interests lie at the boundaries of criminology, law and sociology.

Interests include:

  • Violence, particularly legitimised violence, such as that within the context of sport and particular occupations.
  • Innovative qualitative research methods; specifically the use of visual elicitation in qualitative research.
  • Public criminology; the communication of criminological research to the general public - explicitly through multi-media approaches, such as ethnographic hyper-media environments

PhD Topic / Area

Victoria is conducting a socio-legal qualitative research study into sanctioned violence in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).  

Her research investigates the phenomenon of violence through the lens of legitimised violence in ice hockey.  It locates ice hockey violence among the boundaries of criminality, where violence is managed, organised and regulated outside of the criminal justice system.  Here, violence is organised through an accepted code of conduct, widely understood and acknowledged by players, spectators and regulators.  Violence is organised through the sport, through spectacle, entertainment and audience.  In sport, the criminological boundaries of violence are not set and enforced by criminal justice agencies; rather they are constructed, managed and mediated through the culture of the sport and an accepted code of behaviour.

The focus of the PhD is a thorough ethnographic study of the culture of the sport, including intensive in-depth interviews with hockey players.  The use of innovative game-analysis audio-visual software in eliciting responses from participants is a central aspect of the study.


Mr Trevor Jones

Dr William Housley