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Dr Lesley Henderson

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

Membership and affiliation

  • Expert panel member, International Working Group on an evidence review report (ERR) on Microplastics, invited by SAPEA Consortium (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) working closely with the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA).
  • Expert panel member, EPSRC, on behalf of UKRI Research Councils,  Creative Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminating Plastics Waste
  • Scientific Advisor to children's awareness film on plastics pollution "Litter Things Matter" (Wastebuster CIC, 2018). This was distributed globally on World Environment Day.
  • Scientific Advisor to award winning, feature length documentary film, "A Plastic Ocean" (Netflix, 2017)
  • Fellow Royal Society of Medicine
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Member Parliamentary Media Literacy Group
  • Panel Member, Society Research Awards, Wellcome Trust
  • International Communication Association
  • European Sociological Association
  • ECREA
  • International Association of Media and Communications Research
  • BSA
  • BSA Media and Politics Study Group
  • MeCCSA
  • External Examiner, Goldsmiths College, University of London; Cardiff University; Dublin City University; University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow.
  • Expert Reviewer, European Research Council, Brussels
  • Contributing editor of the British Sociological Association funded academic blog about "health in times of austerity", Cost of Living Blog
  • Visiting Lecturer, Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Visiting Lecturer, St Georges Hospital, London

Media interests

Communicating (micro)plastics; public understandings of science and public health issues; communications and social change; popular media and audiences.