School of Social and Political Science

Isabel Fletcher

Job Title

Senior Research Fellow - ResULTs

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EH1 1LZ

Background

I am a qualitative social scientist whose research focuses the interactions between nutrition research and public health policy, and the ways these influence everyday eating. My PhD Obesity: A historical account of the construction of a modern epidemic spanned medical sociology, public health policy and the history of medicine. I have subsequently worked on food security policy, commercial actors’ understandings of public health regulation, and the regulation of healthcare research. I am also co-convenor of the interdisciplinary network Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRIED) and currently organise the network’s seminar series.

Publications

Articles

Isabel Fletcher, Adele E. Clarke, 'Imagining alternative and better worlds: Isabel Fletcher talks with Adele E. Clarke', (2018), Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, Vol 4, pp 222-245

Graeme Laurie, Edward S. Dove, Isabel Fletcher, Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, Katy Mcmillan, Nayha Sethi, Annie Sorbie, 'Charting regulatory stewardship in health research: Making the invisible visible?', (2018), Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics, Vol 27, pp 333-347

Isabel Fletcher, 'Sustainable diets: How ecological nutrition can transform consumption and the food system', (2017), Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Vol 20, pp 738-740

Samuel Taylor-Alexander, Edward S. Dove, Agomoni Ganguli Mitra, Graeme Laurie, Isabel Fletcher, Catriona Mcmillan, 'Beyond regulatory compression: Confronting the liminal spaces of health research regulation', (2016), Law, Innovation and Technology, Vol 8, pp 149-176

Edward S. Dove, Isabel Fletcher, Agomoni Ganguli Mitra, Graeme Laurie, Catriona McMillan, Nayha Sethi, Annie Sorbie, Samuel Taylor-Alexander, 'Conference report: 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics, Edinburgh 14-17 June 2016 (IAB2016)', (2016), SCRIPTed, Vol 13, pp 202-209

Isabel Fletcher, 'The many meanings of obesity now and then ', (2016), BioSocieties, Vol 11, pp 267-271

Isabel Fletcher, 'Review: Eating right in America, Part 2 of 3', (2015), Allegra Lab: Anthropology, Law, Art & World

Isabel Fletcher, 'Nutritionism: The science and politics of dietary advice', (2014), New Genetics and Society, Vol 34, pp 347–352

Isabel Fletcher, 'Defining an Epidemic: The Body Mass Index in British and American obesity research 1960-2000', (2014), Sociology of Health & Illness, Vol 36, pp 338-53

Catherine Lyall, Isabel Fletcher, 'Experiments in interdisciplinary capacity-building: The successes and challenges of large-scale interdisciplinary investments', (2013), Science and Public Policy, Vol 40, pp 1-7

Chapters

Isabel Fletcher, Steven Yearley, Catherine Lyall, 'Mapping the UK Government’s genome: analysing convergence in UK policy one decade into the twenty-first century ' in Matthias Wienroth, Eugénia Rodrigues (ed.) Knowing New Biotechnologies ( 2015) 92-104

Research interests

Research interests

Global health policy, Medical history, Social determinants of health,Medical sociology, Chronic illness, Political economy of health, Food security, Public health, Nutrition, Sociology of food

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Fletcher I, Lyall C. Stem cells and serendipity: Unburdening social scientists’ feelings of failure. In Fam D, O'Rourke M, editors, Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Failures: Lessons Learned from Cautionary Tales. Routledge. 2020. p. 45-61
Fletcher I, Birko S, Dove ES, Laurie G, McMillan C, Postan E et al. Co-production and managing uncertainty in health research regulation: A Delphi study. Health care analysis. 2020 Jun 1;28(2):99-120. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10728-019-00383-9
Fletcher I. Eating less meat ‘to save the planet’: Studying the development of sustainable healthy eating advice in the UK. In Gustafsson U, O'Connell R, Draper A, Tonner A, editors, What is Food?: Researching a Topic with Many Meanings. 1 ed. London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 2019. p. 108-126 https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429426100-7
Fletcher I, Clarke AE. Imagining alternative and better worlds: Isabel Fletcher talks with Adele E. Clarke. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. 2018 Jul 13;4:222-245. https://doi.org/10.17351/ests2018.216
Mazanderani F, Fletcher I, Schyfter Camacho P. Introduction: Talking STS. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. 2018 Jul 12;4:179-182. https://doi.org/10.17351/ests2018.258
Laurie G, Dove ES, Fletcher I, Ganguli-Mitra A, Mcmillan K, Sethi N et al. Charting regulatory stewardship in health research: Making the invisible visible? Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics. 2018 Apr;27(2):333-347. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963180117000664
Fletcher I. Sustainable diets: How ecological nutrition can transform consumption and the food system. Food, Culture and Society. 2017 Oct 5;20(4):738-740. https://doi.org/10.1080/15528014.2017.1379374
Taylor-Alexander S, Dove ES, Ganguli Mitra A, Laurie G, Fletcher I, Mcmillan C. Beyond regulatory compression: Confronting the liminal spaces of health research regulation. Law, Innovation and Technology. 2016 Dec;8(2):149-176. https://doi.org/10.1080/17579961.2016.1250378
Dove ES, Fletcher I, Mitra AG, Laurie G, McMillan C, Sethi N et al. Conference report: 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics, Edinburgh 14-17 June 2016 (IAB2016). SCRIPTed. 2016 Aug 31;13(2):202-209. https://doi.org/10.2966/scrip.130216.202
Fletcher I. The many meanings of obesity now and then. BioSocieties. 2016 Jun 2;11(2):267-271. https://doi.org/10.1057/biosoc.2016.14
Fletcher I. Review: Eating right in America, Part 2 of 3. Allegra Lab: Anthropology, Law, Art & World. 2015 Apr 17.
Fletcher I, Yearley S, Lyall C. Mapping the UK Government’s genome: analysing convergence in UK policy one decade into the twenty-first century. In Wienroth M, Rodrigues E, editors, Knowing New Biotechnologies: Social Aspects of Technological Convergence. 2015. p. 92-104. (Genetics and Society).
Fletcher I. Nutritionism: The science and politics of dietary advice. New Genetics and Society. 2014 Mar 5;34(3):347–352.
Fletcher I. Defining an epidemic: The body mass index in British and American obesity research 1960-2000. Sociology of Health & Illness. 2014 Mar;36(3):338-353. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12050
Lyall C, Fletcher I. Experiments in interdisciplinary capacity-building: The successes and challenges of large-scale interdisciplinary investments. Science and Public Policy. 2013 Feb;40(1):1-7. https://doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scs113