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School of Health and Society

Dr Victoria Gosling

Lecturer in Sociology


I joined the University of Salford as Lecturer in Sociology in September 2007.  Prior to this I completed an undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Teesside before moving to the University of Sheffield to carry out my doctoral studies. After completing the PhD in 2004 I worked at Nottingham Trent University for 3 years as a Lecturer in Sociology.  I have been involved in working with the British Sociological Association (BSA) since my postgraduate days when I was BSA postgraduate forum convenor. I was the Editor of the BSA newsletter Network and an editorial board member of the journal Sociology.  I am currently a reviewer for various journals including Urban Studies, Sociological Research Online, and Sociology.  My academic and research interests are varied and include gender, poverty, social exclusion and inclusion, social inequality, and participation/exclusion from popular cultural practices. 


My teaching interests and subject areas include Social Divisions, Social Inequality, Gender, Kinship, Community, Urban Regeneration, Popular Culture and Employability.  I am currently the module convenor of a Sociology and Criminology Work Placement Module, which enables students to gain valuable experience on a voluntary work placement and provides them with the opportunity to apply the academic knowledge gained on their degree programme to employment.

Research Interests

My main research interests focus around the key areas of gender, social inclusion and exclusion. These interests stem from my doctoral thesis that investigated ‘Women’s Experiences of Social Exclusion and Regeneration’. In particular I am interested in the impact that government policies have on the lives of people experiencing poverty, the gendered nature of these policies and the ways in which people understand and experience poverty.  I have also researched and published in the area of women’s exclusion and marginalisation from different aspects of popular culture including women’s marginalisation within digital gaming and sport fan culture. I have also been involved in working with colleagues at Salford on 2 NESTA/AHRC/Arts Council funded projects with the London Symphony Orchestra and Imperial War Museums, examining these cultural organisations' engagement with digital technology for enhancing the participation of their audiences. 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, (Nottingham Trent University, 2007,).
  • PhD Sociology (University of Sheffield, 2004)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology (University of Teesside, 1998).


Crawford, G., Gosling, V.K. & Light, B., (eds) (2011) Online Gaming in Context: The Social and Cultural Significance of Online Gaming, Routledge, London. ISBN: 978-0-415-56368-0

Gosling, V.K. and Crawford, G. (2011) ‘Game Scenes: Theorizing Digital Game Audiences’, Games and Culture. 6 (2), 135-154.

Crawford, G. and Gosling, V.K. (2009) ‘More Than a Game: Sports-Themed Video Games & Player Narratives’, Sociology of Sport Journal (‘Sport & New Media’ Special Issue), March, 26 (1),  50-66.

Gosling, V.K. (2008) ‘I’ve always managed, that’s what we do’, Social Capital and Women’s’ Experiences of Social Exclusion, Sociological Research Online, (13): 1 (

Gosling, V.K. (2008) ‘Regenerating Communities: Women’s Experiences of Urban Regeneration’ in Urban Studies, 45 (3): 607-626.

Gosling, V.K. (2008) ‘Gendering Social Capital: The Importance of Social Capital for Women in Combating Social Exclusion’, in K.R. Gupta, G.L.H. Svendsen and P. Maiti (eds) Social Capital: Volume 1, Atlantic, New Delhi.

Gosling, V.K. (2007) ‘Girls Allowed? The Marginalization of Female Sport Fans’ in J. Gray, C. Sandvoss and C.L. Harrington (eds) Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World, NYU, New York.

Gosling, V.K. and Crawford, G. (2005) ‘Cheering on the Boys: Female Supporters and Physical Education’, The Bulletin of PE. , 41 (1), 3-13.

Crawford, G. and Gosling, V.K. (2005) ‘Toys for Boys? Women’s marginalisation and participation as digital gamers’, Sociological Research Online, 10 (1),

Crawford, G. and Gosling, V. K. (2004) ‘The Myth of the Puck Bunny: Female Fans and Men’s Ice Hockey’, Sociology, 38 (3):477-493.