Dr Amy McLennan

Senior Fellow, 3A Institute
Research Affiliate, University of Oxford
Tuckwell Fellow, ANU
John Monash Scholar
DPhil MPhil BSc(Hons) BMedSc DipLang(Fr)
+61 2 6125 6744

Dr Amy McLennan is a Research Fellow at The Australian National University (ANU) 3A Institute, where she works at the intersections of technology, society and wellbeing. She is also one of four Tuckwell Fellows at the ANU.

She is trained in biomedical science, human nutrition and medical anthropology, and has experience as a Senior Analyst in the Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has also held several positions in private industry, including in international development and human-centred design consulting, and continues to offer freelance research, facilitation and education design services. 

Amy has been affiliated with the University of Oxford for over a decade, where her work has focused on food systems, nutrition, obesity, health policy and human ecology. She speaks French, has previously worked in the UK, France, Germany, Nauru and New Caledonia, and has collaborated on research relating to other islands of the Pacific and Caribbean.



(2020) McLennan AK, Ulijaszek SJ & Kleberg Hansen AK. Correspondence: Health and medicine cannot solve COVID-19. Lancet 396: 599-600.

(2020) McLennan AK. The rise of nutritionism and the decline of nutritional health in Nauru. Food, Culture and Society 23(2): 249-266.

(2020) Williams ET, Nabavi E, Bell G, Bentley CM, Daniell KA, Derwort N, Hatfield-Dodds Z, Leins K & McLennan AK (2020) Begin with the human: Designing for safety and trustworthiness in cyber-physical systems. In: Lawless W, Mittu R & Sofge D (eds) Human-Machine Shared Contexts. New York: Elsevier. 

(2019) Wilson M & McLennan AK. A comparative ethnography of nutrition interventions: Structural violence and the industrialisation of agrifood systems in the Caribbean and the Pacific. Social Science & Medicine 228: 172-180.

(2019) Schneider T, Eli K, McLennan AK, Dolan C, Lezaun J & Ulijaszek SJ. Governance by campaign: The co-constitution of food issues, publics and expertise through new information and communication technologies. Information, Communication and Society 22(2):172-192.

(2018) McLennan AK & Ulijaszek SJ. Correspondence: Beware the medicalisation of loneliness. Lancet 391: 1480.

(2018) McLennan AK, Schimonovich M, Ulijaszek SJ, Wilson M. The problem with relying on historical dietary surveys: sociocultural correctives to theories of dietary change in the Pacific islands. Annals of Human Biology 45(3): 272-284.

(2018) Hardin J, McLennan AK & Brewis AS. Body size, body norms and some unintended consequences of obesity intervention in the Pacific islands. Annals of Human Biology 45(3): 285-294.

(2017) McLennan AK, Ulijaszek SJ & Beguerisse-Díaz M. Diabetes on Twitter: influence, activism, and what we can learn from all the food jokes. In: Schneider T, Eli K, Dolan C & Ulijaszek SJ (eds) Digital Food Activism. London: Routledge.

(2017) McLennan AK. Local food, imported food, and the failures of community gardening initiatives in Nauru. In: Wilson M (ed.) Postcolonialism, Indigeneity and Struggles for Food Sovereignty: Alternative Food Networks in Postcolonial Spaces. London: Routledge.

(2017) Schneider T, Eli K, McLennan AK, Dolan C, Lezaun J & Ulijaszek SJ. Governance by campaign: The co-constitution of food issues, publics and expertise through new information and communication technologies. Information, Communication and Society. doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2017.1363264

(2017) Beguerisse-Díaz M, McLennan AK, Garduño-Hernández G, Barahona M & Ulijaszek SJ. The ‘who’ and ‘what’ of #diabetes on Twitter. Digital Health 3: 1-29.

(2016) Ulijaszek SJ, McLennan AK, Graff HM. Conceptualizing ecobiosocial interactions: lessons from obesity. In: Singer M (ed) A Companion to the Anthropology of Environmental Health. New York: Wiley Blackwell.

(2016) Ulijaszek SJ & McLennan AK. Framing obesity in UK policy from the Blair years, 1997-2015: the persistence of individualistic approaches despite overwhelming evidence of societal and economic factors, and the need for collective responsibility. Obesity Reviews 17(5): 397-411.

(2016) Shaw V & McLennan AK. Was acupuncture developed by Han Dynasty Chinese anatomists? Anatomical Record 299(5): 643-659.

(2015) McLennan AK. Bringing everyday life into the study of ‘lifestyle diseases’. Lessons from an ethnographic investigation of obesity emergence in Nauru. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 7(3): 286-301.

(2014) McLennan AK & Ulijaszek SJ. Obesity emergence in the Pacific islands: why understanding colonial history and social change is important. Public Health Nutrition 18(8): 1499–1505.

(2012) Locket NA, Norris RM & McLennan AK (eds). Locket’s 3D Anatomy Cutouts. Sydney: McGraw Hill.

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