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Dr Lesley Henderson

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

Membership and affiliation

  • Lesley has been invited to share findings on public perceptions of plastic pollution with key members of industry, retailers, policy makers, civil servants and politicians as well as multi-disciplinary academic audiences. Recent talks include: the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Westminster and to the Plastics Europe marine litter working group (February, 2018) and invited participation at the British Plastics Federation marine litter workshop pledge event (March, July 2018) and as keynote speaker and panel member on awareness and behaviour change at key industry event Polytalk 2018  in St Julian’s (Malta). This major industry event  builds new partnerships with stakeholders to prevent marine litter globally with speakers including Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. In July she is giving an invited talk to the London Ocean Group, Royal Geographical Society.

  • Other activities include:
  • 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
  • External Examiner, Cardiff University
  • External Examiner, Dublin City University
  • 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

public understandings of science and public health issues; communications and social change; popular media and audiences; communicating plastics pollution.