Short CV/Education and training

Current Role

  • Professor of Sociology and Associate Head of School (Research), School of Law, Criminology & Government, University of Plymouth, UK

  • Visiting Adjunct Professor, School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia

Previous Postions

  • 2014 – 2017
    Editor-in-Chief Elect of Environmental Communication (Routledge)

  • 2012 – 2015
    Professor of Sociology and Director of Centre for Culture, Community & Society, Institute of Health and Community, University of Plymouth, UK

  • 2010 – 2012
    Professor of Sociology and Head of Sociology & Social Policy Subject Group, University of Plymouth, UK

  • 2007 – 2010
    Reader in Sociology, University of Plymouth, UK

  • 2003 – 2007
    Principal Lecturer in Sociology, University of Plymouth, UK

  • 1991 – 2003
    Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Plymouth, UK

  • 1987 – 1990
    Research Assistant ESRC funded project, ‘Crime, Law and Justice and the Media’, Social Science Faculty, University of Greenwich: YE/06/25/

Selected publications

  • Anderson, A. (2017) 'Source Influence on Journalistic Decisions and News Coverage of Climate Change.' Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science.

  • Anderson A.G, Grose J, Pahl S, Thompson R.C, Wyles K.J (2016) 'Microplastics in Personal Care Products: Exploring perceptions of environmentalists, beauticians and students'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 113, 1–2: 454-460

  • Anderson, A. (2015) 'Reflections on Environmental Communication and the Challenges of a New Research Agenda'. Environmental Communication, 9 (3): 379-383.

  • Anderson, A. (2015) Climate Politics and the News Media. In Backstrand, K. and Lovbrand, E. (eds.) Research Handbook on Climate Governance. Edward Elgar.

  • Anderson, A. (2014) Media, Environment and the Network Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

  • Anderson, A. (2011) 'Sources, Media and Modes of Climate Change Communication', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 2 (4): 535-46.

  • Anderson, A. (2009) 'Media Politics and Climate Change: Towards a New Research Agenda', Sociology Compass, 3.

  • Anderson, A., Petersen, A, Wilkinson, C. & Allan, S. (2005) 'The Framing of Nanotechnologies in the British Newspaper Press', Special Issue of Science Communication, 27 (2): 200-20.

  • Anderson, A. (2002) 'In Search of the Holy Grail: Media Discourse and the New Human Genetics', New Genetics and Society, 21, (3), 327-37.

  • Anderson, A. (1997) Media, Culture and the Environment. London: Routledge.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 'A sociological study of patients' use of digital media', Australian Research Council (Alan Petersen PI, Timothy Caulfield, CI) $366,000, 2017 – 2020

  • Stewart, I., Anderson, A., Pahl, S. Anderson, M., United Downs Deep Geothermal Project, ERDF £429.333, CI, 2017 – 2020

  • Archer, J., Regan de Bere, S. & Anderson, A. (2011-13) What is Revalidation in Practice? Shaping the Future Development of Revalidation, Health Foundation, £80,000, CI, 2011 – 2013

  • Petersen, A. & Anderson, A. Striking a Balance? How Scientists and Policymakers Portray the Benefits and Risks of Nanotechnologies as Applied to Medical and Environmental Sustainability. (British Academy SG-44284), 2006 – 2007

  • Anderson, A., Petersen, A. & Allan, S. Nanotechnology and News Production: Scientists’, Journalists’, and Editors’ Views (ESRC grant number RES-000-22-0596) £48,000, PI, 2003 – 2005

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Steering Group Member of Swiss National Science Foundation 'Sustainable Economy' Programme.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family


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