Declan Fahy


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Declan Fahy is an Associate Professor in the School of Communications who researches the public communication of science, health, environment, and technology. He is the Chair of the MSc in Science and Health Communication. He has a particular interest in the role that prominent journalists and scientists have in the communication of science in society, the subject of his book The New Celebrity Scientists: Out of the Lab and Into the Limelight (2015). His articles, commentaries, and reviews have been published in journals including Public Understanding of Science, Environmental CommunicationJournalism, Nature Chemistry, and Science. From 2010 to 2015, he worked as an Assistant Professor at American University in Washington, D.C. He is currently on the scientific committee of PCST, the global network for science communication. He is on the editorial advisory board of Public Understanding of Science, the editorial board of Journal of Science and Popular Culture, and the editorial board of Environmental Communication.


Year Publication
2015 Declan Fahy (2015) The New Celebrity Scientists: Out of the Lab and Into the Limelight. : Rowman & Littlefield.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Fahy, D. and Lewenstein, B.V (2021) 'Scientists in popular culture: The making of celebrity' In: Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, 3rd edition. London : Routledge.
2020 Fahy, D. (2020) 'Ecological Modernisation, Irish-style: Explaining Ireland’s slow transition to low-carbon society' In: Ireland and the Climate Crisis. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI]
2019 Fahy, D. (2019) 'What studies of expertise and experience offer science communication training' In: Theory and Best Practices in Science Communication Training. [Link] [DOI]
2017 Nisbet, M.C and Fahy, D. (2017) 'New models of (knowledge) journalism' In: The Science of Science Communication. New York : Oxford University Press.
2017 Fahy, D and Nisbet, M.C (2017) 'The ecomodernists: Journalists reimagining a sustainable future' In: Sustainable Journalism. Bern : Peter Lang.
2015 Fahy, D. and Nisbet M.C (2015) 'The science journalist online: Shifting roles and emerging practices' In: Trench, B and Bucchi, M(Eds.). Critical Concepts in Sociology: Public Communication of Science. London : Routledge.
2014 Fahy, D. and Lewenstein, B (2014) 'Scientists in popular culture: The making of celebrity' In: Trench, B. and Bucchi, M(Eds.). Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology. New York : Routledge.
2014 Fahy, D (2014) 'Journalism, politics, and the Celtic Tiger' In: O'Brien, M. and O Beachain, D(Eds.). Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press.
2013 Fahy, D (2013) 'The chemist as anti-hero: Walter White and Sherlock Holmes as case studies' In: Nelson, D., Grazier, K.R., Paglia, J., and Perkowitz, S(Eds.). Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment. Washington, D.C : The American Chemical Society.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2018 Fahy, D (2018) 'The laureate as celebrity genius: How Scientific American's John Horgan profiled Nobel Prize winners'. Public understanding of science (Bristol, England), 27 (4). [DOI]
2016 Caulfield, Timothy; Fahy, Declan (2016) 'Science, Celebrities, and Public Engagement'. Issues in Science and Technology, 32 (4).
2015 Nisbet, M.C and Fahy, D (2015) 'The need for knowledge-based journalism in politicized science debates'. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 658 :223-234.
2013 Nisbet, M.C and Fahy, D (2013) 'Bioethics in popular science: Evaluating the media impact of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on the biobank debate'. BMC Medical Ethics, 14 :1-9.
2009 Fahy, D; Trench, B; Clancy, L (2009) 'Communicating contentious health policy: lessons from Ireland's workplace smoking ban'. Health promotion practice, 13 (3). [DOI]
2011 Fahy, D. and Nisbet, M.C (2011) 'The science journalist online: Shifting roles and emerging practices'. 12 :778-793.
2011 Hartings, M.R. and Fahy, D (2011) 'Communicating chemistry for public engagement'. Nature Chemistry, 3 :674-677.
2010 Fahy, D., O'Brien, M., and Poti, V (2010) 'From boom to bust: A post-Celtic Tiger analysis of the norms, values and roles of Irish financial journalists'. Irish Communications Review, 12 :5-20.
2009 Fahy, D (2009) 'The Irish punditocracy as contrarian voice: Opinion coverage of the workplace smoking ban'. Irish Communications Review, 11 :50-62.
2009 Miller, S., Fahy, D., and the ESCONET team (2009) 'Can science communication workshops train scientists for reflexive public engagement? The ESCOnet experience'. PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE (PRINT), 31 :116-126.
2009 Corcoran, Farrel; Fahy, Declan (2009) 'EXPLORING THE EUROPEAN ELITE SPHERE The role of the Financial Times'. Journalism Studies, 10 (1). [DOI]
2003 Miller, S; Smallman, M; Gopfert, W; Jurdant, B; Russell, N; de Semir, V; Thomas, J; Trench, B; Poupardin, E; Lemkuhl, M; Lederbogen, U; Fahy, D; Barbagallo, F; Reveulta, G; Bassedas, I; Junyent, C; Gregory, J; Turney, J; Stokes, C; Leach, J; Edwards, C; Holliman, R; Junker, K (2003) 'ENSCOT: The European network of science communication teachers'. Public Understanding of Science, 12 (2).
2024 Declan Fahy (2024) 'The Laureate as Public Intellectual: Paul Crutzen and the Politics of the Environment'. Notes and Records of the Royal Society, . [Link] [DOI]
2022 Fahy, Declan (2022) 'Caricatures and Omissions: Representations of the News Media in 'Don't Look Up''. JCOM-JOURNAL OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION, 21 (5). [Link]
2022 Fahy, Declan (2022) 'Ireland's Covid-19 response: Perspectives from science communication'. Administration, 70 (3). [DOI]

Online Article

Year Publication
2016 Fahy, D. & Caulfield, T. (2016) Don't Dismiss the Star Power. ELEA [Link]
2015 Fahy, D (2015) On Public TV, Scientists Chart Path to Celebrity, Influence. ELEA [Link]
2015 Fahy, D (2015) Media Portrayals of Female Scientists Often Shallow, Superficial. ELEA [Link]
2013 Fahy, D. and Nisbet, M.C (2013) Debating Bioethics Openly. ELEA [Link]
2014 Fahy, D (2014) Hollywood's Newest Hero Stereotype: The Scientist. ELEA [Link]
2013 Fahy, D (2013) Rooting Out Bad Science. ELEA [Link]
2013 Fahy, D (2013) Call in the Math Club. ELEA [Link]
2012 Fahy, D (2012) It's About the Rider. ELEA [Link]
2012 Fahy, D (2012) Media Made Hawking Famous. ELEA [Link]
2011 Fahy, D (2011) Skeptical of Science. ELEA [Link]

Encyclopedia Entry

Year Publication
2017 Fahy, D. (2017) Defining objectivity, false balance, and advocacy in news coverage of climate change. ENC
2010 Fahy, D (2010) Robert Oppenheimer. Thousand Oaks, CA: ENC
2010 Fahy, D (2010) Richard Dawkins. Thousand Oaks, CA: ENC
2010 Fahy, D (2010) Science Magazines. Thousand Oaks, CA: ENC
2010 Fahy, D (2010) Margaret Mead. Thousand Oaks, CA: ENC

Other Publication

Year Publication
2018 Fahy, D. (2018) Objectivity as Trained Judgment: How Environmental Reporters Pioneered Journalism for a “Post-truth” Era. [Link] [DOI]
2017 Fahy, D (2017) Historical moments in public understanding of science: 1977, The Visible Scientists identifies a new scientist for the mass media age. [DOI]
2019 Fahy, Declan (2019) The Scientific Sublime: Popular Science Unravels the Mysteries of the Universe. [DOI]
2018 Fahy, Declan (2018) Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of Information. [DOI]
2016 Fahy, Declan (2016) Emerging Infectious Diseases and Society. [DOI]
2010 Fahy, D (2010) The Celebrity Scientists: A Collective Case Study. Dublin City University:
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Member 28/11/2016 -


Committee Function From / To
Editorial Board, Journal of Science and Popular Culture 01/01/2017 -
Associate Editor, Environmental Communication 01/01/2017 - 01/01/2020
Editorial Advisory Board, Public Understanding of Science 01/10/2016 -

Research Interests

Dr. Fahy welcomes inquiries from students who wish to undertake masters or doctoral work in the areas of health, science, environmental, and technology journalism; scientists as celebrities and public intellectuals; and science and scientists in popular culture.

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Research for Journalists CM3014
2022 Advanced Reporting CM283
2022 Journalism and Society CM1560
2020 Newsdays CM368