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I have recently 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 next summer. 

I'm now a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at UWE Bristol. 


Research interests

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

My thesis combined tools from Critical Discourse Analysis and Conversation 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. 


Positioning and power in police-victim interactions during first response call-outs at the scene of reported domestic abuse incidents

Funding source




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