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Shelley Thompson is the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Student Experience. She was previously Deputy Dean of the Business School and 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... Shelley teaches on a variety of degrees including the Politics, Multimedia Journalism, and Communications and Media. She welcomes the opportunity to supervise and examine PhDs and postdoctoral researchers, especially in areas of science journalism (including gendered representations of science and science expertise) and broader areas of journalism studies and political communication. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.more
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:
- Brockinton, A., Hirst, S., Wang, R., McAlaney, J. and Thompson, S., 2023. Corrigendum: Utilising online eye-tracking to discern the impacts of cultural backgrounds on fake and real news decision-making(Front. Psychol., (2022), 13, (999780), 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.999780). Frontiers in Psychology, 14.
- Brockinton, A., Hirst, S., Wang, R., McAlaney, J. and Thompson, S., 2022. Utilising online eye-tracking to discern the impacts of cultural backgrounds on fake and real news decision-making. Frontiers in Psychology, 13.
- Tatum, A., Thompson, S. and Yates, C., 2022. Perceptions of women as political leaders at a time of crisis: a psychosocial study. Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 15 (3), 148-166.
- Ashencaen Crabtree, S. et al., 2020. Donning the “slow professor”: A feminist action research project. Radical Teacher, 116, 55-65.
- Scullion, R. and Thompson, S., 2015. Introduction to the Special Issue on Voice and Representation of Marginal Groups. Journal of Promotional Communications, 3 (2), 258-260.
- Smith, L.C. and Thompson, S., 2015. Tuning out or Tuned Out? A Critical Discourse Analysis of Youth Political Participation in Britain. Journal of Promotional Communications, 3 (2), 295-301.
- Thompson, S., 2010. Book Review: Human Cloning in the Media: from science fiction to science practice. JOURNALISM STUDIES, 11 (1), 135-136.
- Thompson, S., 2010. Book Review: Journalism, Science and Society: science communication between news and public relations. JOURNALISM STUDIES, 11 (1), 136-138.
- Lilleker, D.G. and Thompson, S., 2021. PROTECTING THE CITIZEN: POLITICAL JOURNALISTS AS GATEKEEPERS IN THE DIGITAL AGE. The Routledge Companion to Political Journalism. 293-301.
- Thompson, S. and Lilleker, D.G., 2019. Containing the digital revolution: political science in the United Kingdom. In: Kneuer, M. and Milner, H., eds. Digitalization and Political Science. Barbara Budrich Publishers.
- Thompson, S. and Stepien, H., 2019. Reporting Controversial Science. In: Luce, A., ed. Ethical Reporting of Sensitive Topics. London: Routledge.
- 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.
- 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.
- Yates, C. and Thompson, S., 2017. The Nasty Politics of Risk, Gender and the Emotional Body in the US Presidential Election.. Bournemouth: Bournemouth University. Available from: http://www.electionanalysis2016.us/.
- Yates, C. and Thompson, S., 2017. Maybot, Mummy or Iron Lady? Loving and loathing Theresa May. UK: Bournemouth University. Available from: http://www.electionanalysis.uk/uk-election-analysis-2017/section-8-personality-politics-and-popular-culture/maybot-mummy-or-iron-lady-loving-and-loathing-theresa-may/.
- Hodges, C.E.M., Jackson, D., Scullion, R., Thompson, S. and Molesworth, M., 2014. Tracking changes in everyday experiences of disability and disability sport within the context of the 2012 London Paralympics.. Bournemouth: CMC Publishing, Bournemouth University. Available from: http://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/cmc/files/2014/10/BU-2012-London-Paralympics.pdf.
- Jackson, D., Thompson, S. and Thorsen, E., 2013. Intelligent news for an intelligent public. Work Research.
- Thompson, S., Tayman, A., Molesworth, M., Jackson, D. and Watkins, R., 2012. Tracking changes in everyday experiences of disability and disabled sport in the context of Channel 4’s coverage of the 2012 Paralympics. Wave Two.
- Hodges, C., Thompson, S., Molesworth, M. and Scullion, R., 2011. Tracking changes in everyday experiences of disability and disabled sport in the context of Channel 4's coverage of the 2012 Paralympics, Wave One. Work Research.
- Thompson, S., 2018. Nobel Prize should be just the start of making women scientists more visible. The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/nobel-prize-should-be-just-the-start-of-making-women-scientists-more-visible-104606.
- 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
- 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
- BU Festival of Learning 2018 - Women in Science – why media presence matters (19 Jun 2018)
- BU Festival of Learning 2018 - Draw a Scientist (16 Jun 2018)
- Engaging the Public: putting the people back into democracy (06 Jul 2012)
- 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)
- AACSB, Member,
- Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), Member, https://www.meccsa.org.uk/
External Media and Press
- Nobel Prize should be just the start of making women scientists more visibl, The Conversation, 11 Oct 2018. https://theconversation.com/nobel-prize-should-be-just-the-start-of-making-women-scientists-more-visible-104606