Dr Amy McLennan is an Aussie John Monash Scholar and social researcher with a strong sense of local and global community, and a deep commitment to improving human wellbeing. She is an ethnographer with over a decade of professional experience in research, teaching, policy making, facilitation and project management. Collaboration, integrity, hard work and good humour are values upon which all of her work is founded.
Amy’s wide-ranging experience enables her to bring people together to develop new and disruptive solutions. She has advanced degrees in biomedical science and social/cultural anthropology, including a DPhil in anthropology from the University of Oxford. She also has over a decade of experience in the academic, policy, private and not-for-profit sectors, including two years as a Senior Analyst in the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she was involved in developing national strategic policy in areas including violence against women, innovation, cyber security, health and migration. She draws on this diverse experience to empathise with different ways of experiencing the world, to highlight synergies, connections and contradictions in things we think and do, and to inspire new and disruptive ways forward on some of the most complex issues facing society.
Amy is currently a Research Associate with the School of Anthropology, University of Oxford. She maintains a vibrant interdisciplinary research portfolio focusing on global health and nutrition, in collaboration with scholars in disciplines including network mathematics, gender, anatomical science, human geography, ethnology and policy. She is also a facilitator and researcher at ThinkPlace Global, where she is developing work in areas including education, cybercrime and global malnutrition. She has a talent for working with groups that have mixed knowledge, diverse perspectives or uneven power relations – from high-level technical experts to local community members.
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