Imperial College London


Central FacultySchool of Professional Development

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 8746f.mellor




S311Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am the course leader for the MSc in Science Communication and I lecture on media theory and science journalism. I have a PhD in theoretical physics from Newcastle University and was a lecturer in astronomy at Sussex University before deciding to focus on critical analyses of science.

I joined the Science Communication group at Imperial in 2001. My research interests include the popularisation of physics and other aspects of the science/public interface. My recent research looks at the role of science fictional narratives and militaristic discourses in contemporary asteroid research.

Current research interests

  • the role of narrative in science and popular science
  • the ideological nature of science journalism


MSc modules on the media representation of science and narrative theory.


Mellor F, 2014, The power of silence, Physics World, Vol:27, ISSN:0953-8585, Pages:28-30

Mellor F, 2013, Twenty years of teaching science communication: A case study of Imperial College's Master's programme, Public Understanding of Science, Vol:22, ISSN:0963-6625, Pages:916-926

Mellor F, 2010, Negotiating uncertainty: asteroids, risk and the media, Public Understanding of Science, Vol:19, ISSN:0963-6625, Pages:16-33

Mellor F, 2009, The Politics of Accuracy in Judging Global Warming Films, Environmental Communication-a Journal of Nature and Culture, Vol:3, ISSN:1752-4032, Pages:134-150

Mellor F, 2007, Colliding Worlds: Asteroid research and the legitimization of war in space, Social Studies of Science, Vol:37, ISSN:0306-3127, Pages:499-531

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