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Dr Lesley Henderson

Dr Lesley Henderson
Senior Lecturer, Sociology/Communications, Director Cmcr


Lesley Henderson is a media Sociologist with a strong track record of externally funded research concerning health and science communication (e.g. ESRC, AHRC, Health Development Agency). She completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Glasgow where she was also a researcher with the Glasgow Media Group. Previous posts include Visiting Lecturer and Senior Researcher/ Grant Holder in Public Health & Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Lesley joined Brunel as Senior Research Fellow and Grant Holder of a study exploring media advocacy and health inequalities (HDA). She then examined the role of science correspondents and their sources in a large scale project concerning new human genetics (Wellcome Trust).

Lesley was appointed Lecturer in Sociology & Communications (2003) and promoted to Senior Lecturer (Research Excellence, 2008). She became a member of the All Parliamentary Media Literacy Group (2009), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007), Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (2008) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2014). She was selected as one of the first participants in the Aurora Women Leaders in Higher Education Training Programme (2013-14). Lesley develops public engagement activities as Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Culture, Media & Regulation and Contributing Editor of academic blog Cost of Living (funded by the British Sociological Association) where she writes regularly about health and the media.

Lesley Henderson is the Public Engagement Champion and also runs the department twitter feed


  • PG Cert. In Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Brunel)
  • PhD Sociology (Glasgow)


Lesley Henderson is Senior Tutor in the Department of Social & Political Sciences.

Newest selected publications

Henderson, L. and Solman, P. (Accepted) 'Flood Disasters in the UK and India: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Media Reporting'. Journalism. pp. 1 - 28. ISSN: 1464-8849 Open Access Link

Journal article

Henderson, L. and Green, C. (Accepted) '“(Micro) Plastic Pollution in the Media: Adventure Documentary, News and Public Understandings”,'.Communication and Environment (International Environmental Communication Association). Leicester.[unpublished]

Conference paper

Henderson, L. and Green, C. (Accepted) 'Making sense of plastic pollution: A UK study of images, messages and perceptions of (micro)plastics'. Massey University, New Zealand.

Conference paper

Dumbili, E. and Henderson, L. (Accepted) 'Mediating Alcohol Use in Eastern Nigeria: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Role of Popular Media in Young People's Recreational Drinking'. Health Education Research. ISSN: 0268-1153 Open Access Link

Journal article

Henderson, L. (2017) 'Popular Television and Public Mental Health: Creating Media Entertainment from Mental Distress'. Critical Public Health. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 0958-1596 Open Access Link

Journal article
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