Shelley Thompson

Dr Shelley Thompson

  • 01202 961721
  • shelleyt at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Corporate & Marketing Communications
  • Weymouth House W412, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Shelley Thompson is the Politics programme leader and a senior lecturer in the Corporate and Marketing Communications Academic Group in The Media School, Bournemouth University. Her research centres on media framing of social and political issues, especially emerging/controversial science.

Shelley is a former US journalist who worked at a variety of publications covering finance and securities regulation in New York City to politics, education, crime, and health at the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Eagle-Tribune in its New Hampshire bureau. While working at the Eagle-Tribune, she received several awards for her reporting, including investigative reporting awards and a First Amendment award for a series on a secret government payment to a public employee leaving his job.

Shelley teaches on a variety of degrees including the Politics, Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing Communications. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Journal Articles


  • Thompson, S., 2013. The Future of Newspapers in a Digital Age. In: Fowler-Watt, K. and Allan, S., eds. Journalism: New Challenges. Poole, England: Centre for Journalism and Communications Research, Bournemouth University, 19-34.


  • Thompson, S., 2015. Framing nanotechnology: a longitudinal analysis in two leading newspapers. In: Future of Journalism 10-11 September 2015 Cardiff.
  • Thompson, S., 2014. Whose Nano News? In: Political Studies Association - Media and Politics Group Annual Conference 13-14 November 2013 Bournemouth University.
  • Thompson, S., 2013. Secondary News Frames of Nanotechnology. In: Media, Communications & Cultural Studies Association 9-11 January 2013 Derry, Ireland.
  • Thompson, S., 2012. The Wired Generation. In: Engaging the Public: Putting people back in democracy July 2012 Bournemouth University.
  • Thompson, S., 2012. Framing Nanotechnology. In: Science & the Media December 2012 Bournemouth University.
  • Thompson, S., 2010. News about nanotechnology: A framing study of The Guardian and The New York Times' reporting since the 1980s. In: Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association - Postgraduate Network Annual Conference 8-10 June 2010 Glasgow University.
  • Thompson, S., 2009. News about nanotechnology: A conceptual paper. In: Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association - Postgraduate Network 8-10 July 2009 Bangor University.
  • Thompson, S. and Allan, S., 2009. Science Journalism on the Internet. In: Science & the Public 4-5 June 2009 Brighton University.



PhD Students

  • Hilary Stepien. Combatting mental health stigma - the communicative constitution of stigma and its effects, and lessons for subsequent persuasive message design
  • Hilary Stepien. Combatting mental health stigma - the communicative constitution of stigma and its effects, and lessons for subsequent persuasive message design


  • Improving the socio-political impacts of health journalism (Wellcome Trust, 23 Jun 2013). In Progress
  • Reaching Across the Pond (Bournemouth University - Fusion Fund, 03 Sep 2012). Awarded
  • MeCCSA - Postgraduate Network Conference (ADM-HEA, 02 Aug 2010). Awarded

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Politics should be about engaging the public, informing them, interesting them, exciting them and involving them. Yet there is widespread disinterest, disengagement and distrust in our political system. This one-day event is designed for sharing ideas about why the public show disinterest and distrust and how we might consider re-engaging the public, encouraging people to get involved in politics. The workshop presents research findings from the Centre for Politics & Media Research which focuses at the local and national level of politics. We will introduce ideas ranging from understanding the political consumer to how to engage and mobilise members of the public using the latest technologies and how to audit communication. The day will comprise five sessions:
  • Festival of Learning 2013 - Science and the Media
  • Festival of Learning 2013 - Engaging the Public


  • PGCE in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2015)
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in Education Practice (The Higher Education Academy, 2015)
  • BA (Hons) in Journalism (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, 2000)
  • MA in Journalism Studies (Cardiff University, 2009)
  • PhD in Journalism (Bournemouth University, 2012)
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