Isabel Fletcher's profile

Dr Isabel Fletcher


Senior Research Fellow - ResULTs


Science Technology and Innovation Studies

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+44 (0)131 650 4256


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.

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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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


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