Dr Clare Wilkinson

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  • Qualifications:PhD, BSc (Hons), PGCert HE, PgDip, FHEA
  • Position:Professor - Science Communication
  • Department:HAS - Applied Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 82146
  • Email:Clare.Wilkinson@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Clare Wilkinson is a Professor in Science Communication at UWE Bristol, teaching predominantly on postgraduate science communication courses, as well as carrying out a variety of projects involving evaluation and research. Clare is Co-Director of the Science Communication Unit, with primary responsibility for activities in relation to the College of Health, Science and Society.

Since her arrival at the Science Communication Unit in 2006, Clare has worked as a principal and co-investigator on a number of projects running within the Unit. These include RETHINK (funded by the European Commission), Robots vs. Animals (funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering), Meet the Gene Machine (funded by the Wellcome Trust), Talking Robots (funded by the ESRC) and Negotiated Boundaries (funded by the British Academy). Her research interests span the relationship between science and society, media representations of science and public engagement.

Clare regularly leads and contributes to evaluations performed in the Unit, in addition to in consultancy roles for projects for the ESRC, BIS and DCSF, and has been a steering/advisory group member for the ESRC, Bristol Natural History Consortium, NCCPE and the Eden Project. Clare has been a grant proposal referee for funding bodies including Science Foundation Ireland, The Wellcome Trust, Royal Academy of Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Swiss National Science Foundation and US National Science Foundation.

Clare has supervised over 50 MSc projects to completion, as well as over 20 undergraduate dissertations and seven PhD's, and was a finalist for the Inspiring Leader of the Year Award at UWE Bristol in 2023.

Clare has published in journals including PLOS ONE, Public Understanding of Science, Science Communication, Curator, Journalism, Studies in Higher Education, Qualitative Health Research and Health, Risk and Society. In 2009, she co-authored the book Nanotechnology, Risk and Communication with Alison Anderson, Alan Petersen and Stuart Allan for Palgrave Macmillan. Clare is the co-author (with Emma Weitkamp) of Creative Research Communication: Theory and Practice for Manchester University Press. She is also series editor for the book series Contemporary Issues in Science Communication, published by Bristol University Press.

Clare's work has been presented at a variety of national and international conferences, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting and the International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST).





Area of expertise

Science and Society

Media Representations of Science

Public Engagement


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