Dr Amy McLennan

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

Dr Amy McLennan is a human scientist and social researcher working at the intersections of technology and humanity. Her background reflects her commitment to human wellbeing, collaboration and taking action.

Amy has academic training in the biomedical sciences, social sciences and French language, and professional experience in the academic, policy and private sectors  She is a Research Fellow at the 3A Institute of the Australian National University and a Research Affiliate with the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford, where her recent research has included collaborative projects focusing on food, health policy, loneliness, non-communicable diseases, digital health and anatomical sciences. She also has experience working in national policy making, with the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet, and human-centred design consulting, with the firm ThinkPlace Global.


(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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