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Alexander Hall
Alexander Hall
Assistant Professor
ABB C518
905-525-9140 ext. 20530
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Dr Alexander Hall is a science communication expert whose work explores the history of science in popular media. With an interest in the role of science in society, he is committed to empowering more active participation and engagement with science across diverse communities.

He has an extensive track record working on large multidisciplinary research projects, is a co-founder of the International Research Network for the Study of Science & Belief in Society, and a former History of Science Section Recorder for the British Science Association.
Science communication, history of science, media studies, science and technology studies, environmental history
Dr Hall's research traces how scientists have gained positions of expertise in society and used the media to communicate complex theories to the public. Focussing on the history of science in popular media, Dr Hall has published on a wide range of subjects from the history of evolution on TV and radio, to the importance of narrative in communications on climate change.

Hall, A. (2022). “That fine rain that soaks you through. Exploring the role of weather lore, cultural identity and community memory in shaping attitudes to climate change,” Frontiers in Climate, 4, https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2022.808609 .

Hall, A. (2021). Evolution on British Television and Radio: Transmissions and Transmutations, Palgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-83043-4.

Hall, A. (2020). “Evolution on the small-screen: reflections on media, science and religion in twentieth-century Britain,” in Lightman B. and Elsdon-Baker F. (Eds) Identity in a Secular Age: Science, Religion, and Public Perceptions, University of Pittsburgh Press.

Hall, A. (2019). “Historical Understandings of Weather and Society, From the Everyday to the Extreme”, Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Climate Science, Oxford University Press, https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.719.

Hall, A. (2019). “A Humanist Blockbuster? Jacob Bronowski and The Ascent of Man,” in Lightman B. (Ed) Rethinking History, Science, and Religion: An Exploration of Conflict and the Complexity Principle, University of Pittsburgh Press.

Hall, A. (2017). “Remembering in God’s name: the role of the church and community institutions in the aftermath and commemoration of floods,” in Endfield G. and Veale L. (Eds) Cultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather, Routledge, https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315461458.

Hall, A. (2017). “Framing the Sky: The (re)Birth of Weather Forecasting on British Television,” Archives des Sciences, 69, 57-66.

Hall, A. and G. Endfield (2016). “Snow Scenes: Exploring the role of memory and place in commemorating extreme winters,” Weather, Climate and Society, 8, 5-19, https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-15-0028.1.

Endfield, G., L. Veale and A. Hall (2015). “Gordon Valentine Manley and his contribution to the study of climate change: a review of his life and work,” WIREs Climate Change, 6:3, 287-299, https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.334.

Hall, A. (2015). “From the airfield to the high-street: The UK Met Office’s role in the emergence of commercial weather services,” Weather, Climate and Society, 7:3, 211-223, https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-14-00021.1.

Hall, A. (2015). “Plugging the Gaps: The North Sea Flood of 1953 and the Creation of a National Coastal Warning System,” The Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 22:2, 1-20.

Hall, A. (2015). “Geographers, Stats-men and Sages: Approaches to Climatology in Britain post-1945,” History of Meteorology, 7, 71-82.

Hall, A. (2011). “The Rise of Blame and Recreancy in the United Kingdom- A Cultural, Political and Scientific autopsy of the North Sea flood of 1953,” Environment and History, 17:3, 379-408.

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