Amy McLennan

Senior Fellow

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Medical anthropologist. Policy analyst. Resident rowboat specialist.#

Amy McLennan is the Senior Fellow at the School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University (ANU), a Tuckwell Fellow at ANU, and is also a Research Affiliate with the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. She is currently involved in projects relating to human wellbeing, technology and policy, and is one of the people behind the design and delivery of the School’s courses and masterclasses.

Trained in biomedical science, human nutrition and medical anthropology, she completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford’s School of Anthropology. She also 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.

In addition to her work, Amy is also a rowing ‘enthusiast’ (read: loves getting up to splash about on cold rivers at 5am), having represented University of Oxford in the reserve boat ‘Osiris’ at the 2012 Boat Race held annually between Oxford and Cambridge.

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