Dr Victoria Land


  • Senior Research Fellow

Victoria completed her undergraduate degree and PhD in Sociology at the University of York in 2002 and 2006 respectively. Her PhD, entitled “Doing Politically Engaged Conversation Analysis with Talk by Lesbian and Gay Men: Categories, Person Reference, and Heteronormativity in Action”, was supervised by Prof. Celia Kitzinger. Next, Victoria completed a two year research project at the University of Surrey in partnership with BT analysing the continuation of communication across different media over time.

Since then, she conducted two systematic reviews at the University of Nottingham. The first reviewed conversation analytic and discourse analytic research pertaining to how practitioners communicate with patients about difficult and uncertain future issues, focusing particularly on future illness progression and end-of-life. The second focused on communication practices that encourage and constrain shared decision-making in healthcare encounters yielded by conversation analytic studies, focusing on whether and how practices encourage participation by patients and others.

Currently, Victoria's overarching interest is in decision-making in healthcare settings. She is undertaking conversation analytic research in palliative care settings and during labour and childbirth.

Victoria's current research at the University of Loughborough is part of the VERDIS-AHP project, which is a video-based conversation analytic project examining interactions between palliative medicine doctors and hospice patients, and interactions between end-of-life specialist physiotherapists and occupational therapists and their patients. Using the perspectives and methods of CA, Victoria's research analyses how decisions and plans are made, challenged and revised to contribute towards giving patients a better end of life experience. She is also undertaking a rapid realist review of communication skills training interventions.

Victoria is also co-applicant on a project (Interactional practices of decision-making during childbirth in maternity units, also known as VIP: Voices in Partnership, Video Informed Practice) at the University of York on decision-making during labour and childbirth. This study seeks to video record (or audio record) 50 births in birth units at two sites (Halifax and Sheffield) and to generate detailed information about talk during labour and childbirth to inform and empower staff, people giving birth and their birth partners to communicate in ways that promote choice.

  • Land V, Parry R, Seymour J. (2017) Communication practices that encourage and constrain shared decision making in health- care encounters: Systematic review of conversation analytic research. Health Expectations. 00:1–20
  • Jackson, C., Land, V, Holmes, E. (2017) Healthcare professionals’ assertions and women’s responses during labour: A conversation analytic study of data from ‘One born every minute’. Patient Education and Counseling. 100(3): 465-472.
  • Pino, M., Parry, R., Land, V., Faull, C., Feathers, L., Seymour, J. (2016). Engaging terminally ill patients in end of life talk: How experienced palliative medicine doctors navigate the dilemma of promoting discussions about dying. PlosONE. 11(5): e0156174.
  • Parry, R. H., Land, V. and Seymour, J. (2014) ‘How to communicate with patients about future illness progression and end of life: a systematic review.’ BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 00:1–11
  • Parry, R. H. and Land, V. (2013) ‘Systematically reviewing and synthesizing evidence from conversation analytic and related discursive research to inform healthcare communication practice and policy: an illustrated guide.’ BMC Medical Research Methodology13:69
  • Land, V. and Kitzinger, C. (2011) ‘Categories in talk-in-interaction: Gendering speaker and recipient’, in S. Speer and E. Stokoe (eds.) Conversation and Gender (pp.48-63).  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Land, V. Frohlich, D. and Lumkin, M. (2008) Conveying availability and capability to communicate in naturalistic interaction, in BCS-HCI 2008, Proceedings of the 22nd British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Computers: Culture, Creativity, Interaction (Volume 2): 43-46.
  • Land, V. and Kitzinger, C. (2007) 'Contesting Same-Sex Marriage in Talk-in-Interaction.' Feminism & Psychology: An International Journal, 17(2): 173-183