Journalism, media & communicationScience, Health & Environment

This strand brings together diverse research interests focused on the interlinked areas of science, public health and environmental communications. Our research has a strong interdisciplinary focus and draws on diverse approaches including Science and Technology Studies, Critical Digital Theory, Public Understanding of Science and Risk, Medical Sociology, Psychological theories of behaviour change and Critical Media Effects.

Key themes include:

  • science, technology and consumer culture
  • popular representations of gender, race and technology
  • media storytelling and behavioural change
  • communicating microplastics
  • health and online communities
  • climate emergency and digital platforms

Research team

We regularly welcome international colleagues and recently mentored ECRs and doctoral students in the first cohort of EARTH scholars as part of the cluster ‘Triple E’ – Economy, Ethics and Environment  (SGSAH, British Council).

Recent externally funded projects include:

(Lesley Henderson CoI) Providing the 30% recycled content for food packing (PFP): An integrated stakeholder approach to solving 'hard to recycle' plastic packaging (NERC/Innovate UK)

(Lesley Henderson CoI) A Systems Analysis Approach to Reduce Plastic Waste in Indonesian Societies (PISCES) (NERC/GCRF/UKRI)

(Lesley Henderson CoI) Plastic-Less Society (European Space Agency)

(Lesley Henderson PI) EMBER: Exchanging insights on media and behavioural change to reduce open burning in East Java, Indonesia (International Science Partnerships Fund)