Shelley Thompson

Dr Shelley Thompson

  • 01202 961721
  • shelleyt at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Deputy Dean
  • Dorset House D154, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Shelley Thompson is the Deputy Dean of Education and Professional Practice in the BU Business School. She was previously Head of the Department of Communication and Journalism in the Faculty of Media and Communication. She is a science journalism scholar, specialising in the reporting of emerging and controversial science. Her current research considers the under-representation of women's voices in news debates about science, following her intervention at the UN Conference on Women and Girls in Science and the Role of the Media in February 2017. 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 and its sister publication the Derry News, 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...


Journal Articles



  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. et al., 2018. ‘Welcome to the Machine!’ Resisting isomorphic, masculinised corporatisation of Higher Education through feminist scholarship. In: DAKAM Gender and Women's Studies Conference 10-12 November 2018 Istanbul. Yes TBA.
  • 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. Whose Nano News? In: PSA Media and Politics Group Annual Conference 13-14 November 2013 Bournemouth.
  • Thompson, S., 2013. Secondary News Frames of Nanotechnology. In: Media, Communications & Cultural Studies Association 9-11 January 2013 Derry, Ireland.
  • Thompson, S., 2012. Framing Nanotechnology. In: Science & the Media December 2012 Bournemouth University.
  • Thompson, S., 2012. The Wired Generation. In: Engaging the Public: Putting people back in democracy July 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.


Internet Publications


PhD Students

  • Hilary Stepien. Combatting mental health stigma - the communicative constitution of stigma and its effects, and lessons for subsequent persuasive message design
  • Alison Smith
  • Amy Tatum
  • Thomas Stoeckle
  • Thomas Stoeckle, 2024. Motivation, metaphor and manipulation: the framing of public debates and the shaping of public responses through leaders’ speeches during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic


  • 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

  • What does diversity in science currently look like? How do the media represent scientists? These are just two of the questions we will be investigating in this discussion session. Come and join us and our panel of representatives from science and media to talk about the role the media can—and should—play in helping redress the current imbalances.
  • Tell about your favourite scientist from books, TV, films or the past. Draw your very best scientist doing science and meet some of the scientists working here at Bournemouth to find out what it’s really like to be a scientist.
  • 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 - Engaging the Public
  • Festival of Learning 2013 - Science and the Media


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


External Media and Press