Dr. Besley's research explores the relationships between media use, citizen engagement and risk perceptions. He is particularly interested in how news and entertainment content - whether in newspapers, on television, or online - frame scientific risk and the impact of this framing on attitudes towards new technologies, health beliefs, and scientific authorities. His research has touched on public perceptions of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and several different energy technologies. He also has been involved in health and environmental communication research and research into journalistic norms.
||Besley, J.C., and Roberts, M.C. (2010). "Qualitative Interviews with Journalists About Deliberative Public Engagement." Journalism Practice, 4: 66-81.|
||Besley, J.C. (2010). "Public Engagement and the Impact of Fairness Perceptions on Decision Favorability and Acceptance." Science Communication, 32: 256-280.|
||Thrasher, J.F., J.C.Besley and W. Gonzalez. (2010). "Perceived Justice and Popular Support for Public Health Laws: A Case Study Around Comprehensive Smoke-Free Legislation in Mexico City." Social Science & Medicine, 70: 787-793.|
Science and Technology Policy
Policy Process Theory
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation
Policy Analysis and Evaluation