Dr Victoria Gosling

School of Health & Society

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Contact Details

Lecturer in Sociology
Social Policy, Sociology, & Criminology
School of Health & Society
Room L517b
University of Salford
M6 6PU
0161 2956793

Current positions



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 am currently a reviewer for various journals including Sociological Research Online and Sociology. My academic and research interests are varied and include gender, poverty, social exclusion and inclusion, social inequality, and audience participation and exclusion in popular culture.

Areas of Research

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 also research and published in the area of women’s exclusion and marginalisation from different aspects of culture including within digital gaming, classical music, and sport fan culture. I have worked 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.


My teaching interests and subject areas include Social Divisions, Inequality, Gender, Community, Popular Culture and Employability. I am currently the module leader of Social Divisions and Inequality and Work: Practice and Reflection. The Work Module involves which is the Sociology and Criminology students carrying out a Work Placement to gain valuable experience and skills and providing them with the opportunity to apply the academic knowledge gained on their degree programme to employment.