My major research area is science, technology and environmental policy. I focus on the integration of the computer science and biotechnological sectors and the impact of exponential technological change on public policies and society. My current specific interests include artificial intelligence/automation and employment, the impact of AI on the higher education sector, and disruptive biotechnologies in health and the environment. Research questions that I consider include: 1) what happens after new technologies 'leave the lab' and enter society; 2) what ethical and political challenges do new technologies pose; 3) how can scientific and technological innovation be fostered through smart regulation and community engagement; 4) what would it mean to "enhance" humans with advanced technologies and what might be the political and ethical implications? I also have an ongoing research interest in public engagement, science communication and methods for community engagement and scenario/foresight analysis.
- Fletcher AL. (2014) Mendel's Ark: Biotechnology and the Future of Extinction. Dordrecht: Springer. 99pp. http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/book/978-94-017-9120-5.
- Fletcher AL. (2017) Engineering the Future: New Frontiers for Biopolitics. In Peterson SA; Somit AS (Ed.), Handbook of Biology and Politics United Kingdom: http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781783476275.
- Fletcher AL. (2016) The Hall of Extinct Monsters: Mammoths, Elephants, and Nature in the Palaeo-Future. In Locke P; Buckingham J (Ed.), Conflict, Negotiation, and Coexistence: Rethinking Human–Elephant Relations in South AsiaOxford University Press. http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/ view/10.1093/ acprof:oso/9780199467228.001.0001/ acprof-9780199467228-chapter-7.
- Fletcher AL. (2013) Biocolonialism: Genetics Science and Aboriginal Peoples. In Lawson RM (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today: 780-788. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.
- Fletcher AL. (2013) Grassroots Politics: Historical and Contemporary Activism. In Lawson RM (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today: 543-552. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.