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Shelley Thompson

Head of School of Journalism, English & Communication, Bournemouth University

Dr Shelley Thompson is the head of the School of Journalism, English and Communication at Bournemouth University. 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...


  • 2018–present
    Head of School of Journalism, English and Communication, Bournemouth University
  • 2011–2018
    Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University