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Research Profile

Dr Adam Fletcher 


Career Profile

Adam joined the Cardiff School of Social Sciences in October 2012 having previously worked in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2005-2012) and at the Institute of Education’s Social Science Research Unit (2004-5). He is an inter-disciplinary public health scientist with training in sociology (PhD LSHTM), social epidemiology (MSc Oxon) and social policy (BSc LSE).

Adam completed his MRC post-doctoral Population Health Scientist Fellowship project in 2011, which explored how young people's social networks at school influence their health. From 2011-13, he managed an NIHR-funded evaluation of a new whole-school restorative approach to addressing bullying and other aggressive behaviours in UK secondary-schools. He is a member of the DECIPHer UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence management team at Cardiff University and he directs the centre’s programme of work on health improvement in schools and other youth settings.

Memberships / External Activities

Member of: British Sociological Association; Society for Social Medicine; UK Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

Editorial Boards: International Journal of Drug Policy, Journal of Adolescent Health & Critical Public Health

Research Advisory Groups: The Family Life Project (2007-2010), The sixteen18 Project (2009-2012), Towards Sustainable Healthy Lifestyles Interventions for Migrants (2012-2015), The Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI) (2013-) & ASH Wales (2013-)

Reviewer for: BMJ Open, Health Education & Behavior, Health Promotion International, Health, Risk & Society, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Journal of Youth Studies, Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, MRC, NIHR, NISCHR, UK Department of Health, Scottish Government Health Directorate, The Nuffield Foundation.

Recent invited conference/seminar presentations: Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity & Health, University of Copenhagen; Welsh Government Task and Finish Group on childhood obesity; International AIDS Conference 2012; Harvard School of Public Health; Centre for Evidence Based Intervention, University of Oxford; UCL Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health; Community HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategy (CHAPS) Conference 2011.

Teaching Profile

Undergraduate Teaching

Introduction to Social Science Research (year one)
Introduction to Social and Public Policy (year one)
Social Research Methods (year two)
Power, Politics and Policy (year three)
Contemporary Debates and Issues in Social Science (year three)
Dissertation supervision (year three)

Postgraduate Teaching

Foundations in Social Research
Research Applications
Dissertation supervision

Doctoral Students

Rachel Brown (co-supervisor with Simon Murphy, Cardiff University): “Alcohol use and new university students: a mixed-methods institutional analysis”

Landon Kuester (co-supervisor with Tim Rhodes, LSHTM): “Public Health in the American Prison: the ‘making’ of HIV-positive subjects”