Anders Hansen


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Associate Professor in Media and Communication

Bankfield House Room 2.12, 132 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7JA

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3866


Personal details

Anders Hansen (Cand.Phil, University of Copenhagen; MA Mass Communications, University of Leicester) is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester, UK. He is author of Environment, Media and Communication (2nd edition, Routledge, 2019); co-author of Media and Communication Research Methods (2nd edition, Macmillan International, 2019); co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication (2015); Associate Editor of the journals Environmental Communication and Frontiers in Communication: Science and Environmental Communication; founder and immediate-past chair of the IAMCR Group on Environment, Science and Risk Communication; founding member, and executive board member and secretary 2011-2015, of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA). He is co-editor of Visual Environmental Communication (Routledge, 2015), and co-editor of the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication book series. He was chair of the 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment, hosted at the University of Leicester.

Research and Professional Engagement

My research is in environmental, science and health communication, with a focus on media and public communication roles in social, cultural and political change.

I have conducted research and published widely on the role of the media in relation to alcohol, drugs and health, in a succession of studies funded by the Alcohol Education and Research Council, Alcohol Concern, and the Home Office. My longstanding research on ‘media and alcohol’, including research with colleagues on alcohol advertising and young people, formed one of three Impact Case Studies contributing to a high impact score in our REF2014 submission.

As part of the ESRC’s programme of research on the Public Understanding of Science, I directed the first major study in the UK of the production and presentation of science in the British news media. Further studies, funded by the European Commission, examined media coverage of genetics/biotechnology and the Human Genome Project. My more recent research in science communication, published in 2016 in Public Understanding of Science, focuses on the changing uses of ‘accuracy’ in media and public communication about science, health and the environment.

From 2003 to 2007, I collaborated with colleagues at Cambridge University on a study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, of the Status of Teachers. My research on this project focused on the professional practices of education correspondents/editors and on a longitudinal study of the changing media representation of teachers and education.

Since founding the IAMCR Working Group on Environmental Issues, Science and Risk Communication in 1988 (which I chaired till 2013), and publishing in 1993 the first major publication in Britain to examine the Mass Media and Environmental Issues (Leicester University Press), my research, publishing and professional activities have been focused around the expanding field of ‘environmental communication’. Recently, these activities include a successful application for an ESRC Collaborative Studentship award for research on Environmental Communication and Campaigning in the Public Sphere (starting 2019); an ongoing research project on media, communication and energy; the publication of Environment, Media and Communication (Routledge, 2019, 2nd edition); the edited four-volume collection Media and the Environment (Routledge, 2014); launching and editing the book series Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication (Palgrave Macmillan); being lead-editor on a special double-issue of The International Communication Gazette on Communicating the Environment (2011) and a special issue of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Culture and Nature on Visual Environmental Communication (2013); the edited book Visual Environmental Communication (Routledge 2015) and as lead editor, the publication in 2015 of the first handbook of its kind in the field of environmental communication The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication (Routledge, 2015).

I am founding member of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) and served as its first Secretary and as executive board member 2011-2015. In 2015, A successful bid resulted in my hosting and chairing the IECA’s international biennial Conference on Communication and Environment at the University of Leicester in June 2017. The conference, which brought together leading environmental communication scholars and practitioners from around the world, focused on the challenges to environmental communication posed by rapid changes in public and political engagement.

From 2014-2016 I served on the Local Organising Committee for the Department of Media and Communication’s hosting of the 2016 IAMCR Conference (1300 delegates), and co-organised the 2016 IAMCR pre-conference ’50 Years of Media and Communication Research at the University of Leicester’.

I am Associate Editor of the journals Environmental Communication and Frontiers in Communication: Science and Environmental Communication

I have been involved with expert contributions to a range of national and international bodies, including in the UK: The Department of Health, The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, Alcohol Concern, Alcohol Research UK, the Economic and Social Research Council (I am a member of the ESRC Peer Review College), The Arts and Humanities Research Council, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); and overseas: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism under the National Institutes of Health (USA), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Research Foundation Flanders (FWO, Belgium), The Strategic Research Council (Denmark), The Research Council of Norway, The Council for Environmental Research (Sweden), Qatar National Research Fund, The Mediterranean Science Commission (Italy) and The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Ireland).

I have served as external examiner of PhD theses at universities both nationally and internationally, including: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); City University; University College Cardiff; University of Copenhagen; Imperial College London; University College London (UCL); University of Edinburgh; The Open University; Bournemouth University; University of Surrey; University of Warwick; Macquarie University, Australia; University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa; University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Selected Publications

Environment, Media and Communication

Environment, Media and Communication

2nd edition

Anders Hansen

Routledge, 2019

Enlarge Media and Communication Research Methods

Media and Communication Research Methods

2nd edition

Anders Hansen, David Machin

Macmillan International, 2019

The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication

The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication

Editors: Anders Hansen and Robert Cox

Routledge, 2015

Visual Environmental Communication

Visual Environmental Communication

Editors: Anders Hansen and David Machin

Routledge, 2015

Full list of Publications here


I am Programme Director for the MA in Mass Communications, and currently module leader for:

  • MS7025 Researching Media and Public Communication
  • MS3003 Environmental Communication.


I contribute to a number of further modules including: MS7307 Promotional Cultures, MS7006 Global Affairs: Actors, Communication and Culture; and I supervise BA and MA dissertation students

PhD Supervision

I have supervised 15 postgraduate research students through to successful completion of their PhDs at the University of Leicester.

My current research students are working on a range of exciting topics, including:

  • The co-construction of knowledge of climate change adaptation in Malawi’s environmental communication
  • Environmental communication and campaigning in the public sphere: the case of air pollution (ESRC Collaborative Studentship award, with Greenpeace, commencing 2019)
  • Representation of the environment in city image advertising of Chinese mega-cities
  • Citizen journalism and the doctor-patient relationship in contemporary China
  • Rock art, knowledge & authority in Wikipedia
  • The role of Twitter in Saudi Youth’s civic engagement
  • Political communication in Greenland

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