Imperial College London


Central FacultyCentre for Languages, Culture and Communication

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 8746f.mellor




S312BSherfield 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, 2021, Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity, Public Understanding of Science, ISSN:0963-6625

Mellor F, 2018, Configuring epistemic authority: the significance of film style in documentaries about science, Science in Context, Vol:31, ISSN:0269-8897, Pages:39-59


Mellor F, Webster S, 2017, The Silences of Science: Gaps and Pauses in the Communication of Science, Routledge, ISBN:978 1 4724 5997 8

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