UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Amy Lynn Fletcher

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Political Science and International Relations

Fields of Research

  • Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
  • Disruptive Technologies and Social Change (FinTech, Workforce, Health)
  • Social and Environmental Impact of Genomics and Medicine
  • Future Studies, Foresight and Scenarios
  • Public Understanding of Science and Technology

Researcher Summary

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.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Future Employment
  • Ethical and Policy Implications of the Robot Society
  • Disruptive Technological Change in the Life Sciences Industry
  • Foresight and Futures Studies
  • History and Policy of Space Exploration

Key Methodologies

  • Narrative Policy Analysis
  • NVivo and Computer-Aided Qualitative Analysis
  • Scenarios, Scanning and Futures Methods

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Books Chapters
  • 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. (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.
  • Fletcher AL. (2013) Indians and Congress. In Lawson RM (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today: 569-576. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.
  • Fletcher AL. (2013) Kennewick Man and the Controversy Over Ownership of Indian Remains. In Lawson RM (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today: 328-335. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.
  • Fletcher AL. (2012) Make Up Your Own Mind: The Politics of Cognitive Freedom. In Somit A; Peterson S (Ed.), Biopolicy: The Life Sciences and Public Policy (Research in Biopolitics, Vol. 10) (3rd ed.): 225-242. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S2042-9940(2012)0000010011.
  • Fletcher A. (2010) Clearing the Air: The Contribution of Frame Analysis to Understanding Climate Policy in the United States. In Compston H (Ed.), Climate Change and Political Strategy: 150-160. London: Routledge.
  • Fletcher A. (2008) Governing DNA: Prospects and problems in the proposed large United States population cohort. In Gottweis H; Petersen A (Ed.), Biobanks: Governance in comparative perspective: 109-122. London: Routledge.
  • Fletcher AL. (2002) Mapping Its Future: The Estonian Genome Project and the Politics of Identity. In Delener N; Chao C (Ed.), Beyond Boundaries: Challenges of Leadership, Innovation, Integration and Technology: 371-377. New York: Global Business and Technology Association.
Journal Articles
  • Fletcher AL. (2013) In praise of a modest postmodernism: Comment in response to Liesen and Walsh. Politics and the Life Sciences 32(1): 85-89.
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) Back to the future: Reflecting on the legacies of Lynton K. Caldwell, Robert H. Blank, and Andrea Bonnicksen. Politics and the Life Sciences Journal 30(1): 65-70.
  • Fletcher A. (2010) Genuine fakes: Cloning extinct species as science and spectacle. Politics and the Life Sciences 29(1): 48-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.2990/29_1_48.
  • Fletcher AL. (2007) Reinventing the pig: the negotiation of risks and rights in the USA xenotransplantation debate. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management 7(3): 341-349.
  • Fletcher AL. (2004) Field of Genes: The Politics of Science and Identity in the Estonian Genome Project. New Genetics and Society 23(1): 3-14.
  • Fletcher AL. (2003) Distant States in World Markets: New Zealand Universities Confront the Information Age. Journal of Asia-Pacific Affairs 4(2): 1-20.
  • Fletcher AL. (2003) The crisis of communication: Videotext, the Internet and innovation in France and the United States. Prometheus 21(3): 303-316.
  • Fletcher AL. (2003) The Crisis of Communication: Videotext, the Internet and Innovation in France and the United States. Prometheus 21(3): 305-315.
  • Fletcher AL. (2002) France Enters the Information Age: A Political History of Minitel. History and Technology 18(2): 103-117.
  • Fletcher AL. (2001) Controlling technocracy: Citizen rationality and the NIMBY syndrome. Australian Journal of Political Science 36(2): 397-398.
  • Fletcher A. (2000) Europe Calling: The Continent's Telecommunications Model and Lessons for New Zealand. Tuanz Topics 10(6): 11-12.
  • Fletcher AL. (2000) Information ecologies: Using technology with heart.. Social Science Computer Review 18(1): 113-115.
  • Fletcher A. (1998) Dissertation Note: Markets and States in the Information Society. Political Communication 15(3): 413-414.
  • Fletcher A. (1998) Telecommunications Regulatory Reform in France and in the United States: Implications for Public Service and Universal Service. Telecommunications and Space Journal: Law, Economics, Public Policy 5: 91-103.
Conference Contributions - Published
  • Fletcher AL. (2016) Social Integration and the Role of Democratic Civic Education in New Zealand. Seoul, Korea: 12th International Symposium on Civic Education for Democracy, 29-30 Sep 2016. In Korean Civic Education Institute for Democracy: 207-219.
  • Fletcher AL. (2004) Race to the Bottom: Information Superiority and the Human Soldier in the NBIC Era. San Diego, CA, USA: DOD-CCRP 9th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, 15 Jun 2004.
Conference Contributions - Other
  • Fletcher AL. (2015) Weather Reports: The Politics of Climate Engineering in the Pacific. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Pacific Regional Security Conference, 25-26 Nov 2015
  • Fletcher AL. (2014) Bringing Personalized Medicine into M.S. Treatment: The Intersection of Science, Patients and Politics. University of Otago-Christchurch, Christchurch.
  • Fletcher AL. (2014) Towards effective community engagement with personalized medicine. Hamilton, New Zealand: International Symposium on Transforming Public Engagement on Controversial Science & Technology, 17-18 Feb 2014
  • Fletcher AL. (2013) Woolly mammoths and the paleofuture. Christchurch, New Zealand: Symposium on Human-Elephant Relations in South and Southeast Asia, 7-8 May 2013
  • Fletcher AL. (2012) Citizen Scientist: Democratizing Conservation with DNA Barcoding. Los Angeles, CA, USA: Technology, Knowledge and Society Conference 8th International Conference 2012, 16-18 Jan 2012
  • Fletcher AL. (2012) Personalized Medicine and Herceptin: The New Zealand Case. Florence, Italy: International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology, 18-20 Apr 2012
  • Fletcher A. (2011) Digging Up the Past: Bipower and Biovalue Across Space and Time. Perth, Australia: International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)/Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)/Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ASAANZ) Conference 2011, 5-8 Jul 2011
  • Fletcher A. (2010) Another Lost Angel: The Visual Genius of Jim Morrison. University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA: 2010 International Conference on the Image, 2-3 Dec 2010
  • Fletcher A. (2010) Citizen scientist: Biodiversity Informatics and the Democratization of Conservation. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA: 28th Annual Meeting of Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, 14-16 Oct 2010
  • Fletcher A. (2009) Digging up the Past: Paleogenomics as Science and Spectacle. Toronto, Canada: American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 3-6 Sep 2009
  • Fletcher A. (2009) Digging up the past: The circulation of biovalue across space and time. Queenstown, New Zealand: Bioethics and Health Law Conference: Future Offers, Future Threats, 9-12 Jul 2009
  • Fletcher A. (2008) Conservation Genetics and the Future of Extinction. Washington, DC, USA: The Dupont Summit: The New Administration Tackles Science and Technology, 5-5 Dec 2008
  • Fletcher A. (2008) Framing the Pig: Comparing Cross-Species Transplants in Australia and New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Reflecting on Our Relationships: Animals and Agriculture, 18-18 Jul 2008
  • Fletcher A. (2008) The Politics of Extinction: Cloning Narratives in Wildlife Conservation. Dunedin, New Zealand: New Zealand Bioethics Conference: Wellbeing and Technology, 1-3 Feb 2008
  • Fletcher A. (2007) BioBricks or BioConflicts? Emerging Opposition to Synthetic Biology in the European Union. Spokane, WA, USA: Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2007, 18-20 Oct 2007
  • Fletcher A. (2007) Hello, Mr. Chips? Assessing the Political Dimensions of Robots in the Classroom. Washington DC, USA: 1st NSF International Workshop on Virtual Instructors (VI-2007), 21-22 May 2007
  • Fletcher A. (2007) Warming Up to Change: Climate Change Policymaking in Arizona and New Mexico: Lessons for New Zealand. Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Research Roundtable: The Politics of Climate Change Lessons for New Zealand and Small States of the Pacific, 15-15 Nov 2007
  • Fletcher A. (2007) Warming Up to Change: Comparing Climate Change and Policymaking in Arizona and New Mexico. Spokane, WA, USA: Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2007, 18-20 Oct 2007
  • Fletcher A. and Allen C. (2007) Biobricks or Bioconflicts? Building Public Trust in European Governance of Synthetic Biology. Chicago, IL USA: American Political Science Association (APSA) 2007 Annual Meeting, 30 Aug-3 Sep 2007
  • Fletcher AL., Marghitu D., Doswell JT. and Russell D. (2007) Hello, Mr. Chips: Toward Robotic Tutors in Higher Education? Atlanta, GA, USA: EDUCASE Learning Initiative (ELI) 2007 Annual Meeting: Creating a Successful Learning Culture: Connecting Learners, Communities, and Information, 22-24 Jan 2007
  • Fletcher A. (2006) Biobanks, Ownership and Regulation in the United States. University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria: Biobank Governance in Comparative Perspective: Strategies-Ethics-Resistance, 19-19 Jun 2006
  • Fletcher A. (2006) BioBricks or BioConflicts? Governance of Synthetic Biology in the European Union. Auckland, New Zealand: EUCN Conference 2006 "Knowledge, Identities and Governance: Challenges for Contemporary Europe", 9-10 Nov 2006
  • Fletcher A. (2006) Conserving genes - the biopolitics of ancient DNA and species recovery. Wellington, New Zealand: Ecology Across the Tasman 2006, 28 Aug-1 Sep 2006
  • Fletcher A. (2006) Nanopolitics: Or, Why Doing Good Science Isn't Enough Any More. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: The 2006 MacDiarmid Institute Student and Postdoctoral Symposium, 29-30 Nov 2006
  • Fletcher A. (2006) SigCHI (Special Interest Group Computer-Human Interaction) Position Statement for Workshop on Public Policy. Montreal, Canada: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2006), 22-27 Apr 2006
  • Fletcher AL. (2005) Conserving Genes: The Biopolitics of Cloning in Species Recovery. Washington, DC, USA: Association for Politics and Life Sciences, 2 Sep 2005
  • Fletcher AL. (2005) Online Professional Development in Higher Education: An Evaluation of the T4T4T Pilot Project. Nashville, TN, USA: MERLOT 5th International Conference, 27 Jul 2005
  • Fletcher AL. (2005) Pigs Don't Have Passports: Explaining Policy Design for Cross-Species Transplants in the United States and New Zealand. Washington, DC, USA: Association for Politics and Life Sciences, 3 Sep 2005
  • Fletcher AL. (2004) Size Matters: Constructing the High Performance Warfighter through Nanotechnology. Orlando, FL, USA: SCI 2004: 8th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 18 Jul 2004
  • Fletcher AL. (2004) We Can Rebuild Him: Mapping the (Human) Soldier in Network-Centric Warfare. Orlando, FL, USA: PISTA: International Conference on Politics and Information Systems, 21 Jul 2004
  • Fletcher AL. (2003) Reinventing the Pig: Negotiating Risks and Rights in the United States Xenotransplantation Debate. Washington, DC, USA: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, 6 Nov 2003
  • Fletcher AL. (2003) The Paradox of PERVs: Negotiating Risk in the New Zealand Debate on Xenotransplantation and Public Health. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Political Studies Association, 1 Apr 2003
  • Fletcher AL. and Morrell BM. (2003) Risks, Rights, and Retroviruses: Comparing Public Perceptions of Risk in the Australian and New Zealand Xenotransplantation Debates. University of Manchester, UK: Devices and Designs: Medical Innovation in Historical Perspective, 11 Jul 2003
  • Fletcher AL. and Worsp M. (2002) When Pigs Fly: Defining Risk and Defining the Human in the New Zealand Xenotransplantation Debate. Christchurch, New Zealand: Sociological Association of Aotearoa (NZ): Social Science in the 21st Century, 5 Dec 2002
  • Fletcher A. (2001) Wired Islands: Comparing Policy Responses to the Knowledge Economy in New Zealand and Singapore. Chicaco, IL, USA: Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 19 Apr 2001
  • Fletcher A. (2000) Distant States in World Markets: Distributed Learning and Strategic Adaptation in New Zealand Universities. Washington, DC, USA: American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 1 Aug 2000
  • Fletcher A. (1999) The Internet and the Academic Job Search: The Triumph of Hope over Experience? Philadelphia, PA, USA: American Association of History and Computing, 1 Apr 1999
  • Fletcher A. and Allen C. (1998) Germany, the European Union and the Politics of Global Telecommunications: An Analysis of Multi-Level Policy Agendas. Chicaco, IL, USA: Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 1 Apr 1998
  • Fletcher A. and Allen C. (1998) Germany, the European Union, and the Politics of Global Telecommunications. Boston, MA, USA: American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 1 Sep 1998
Additional Publications
  • Fletcher AL. (2016) Social Integration and the Role of Democratic Civic Education in New Zealand. Korean Civic Education Institute for Democracy (KOCEI).
  • Fletcher AL. (2014) Algerian Raï. In Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia: 36-38. California, United States: Sage Publications Inc.
  • Fletcher AL. (2012) Make Up Your Own Mind: LSD, Human Enhancement and the Politics of Cognitive Freedom. University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) Acid Rock. : 7-8. Westport: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood. [Encyclopedia Entry].
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). : 8-9. Westport: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood. [Encyclopedia Entry].
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) Altamont (1969). : 21-22. Westport: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood. [Encyclopedia Entry].
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) Congress. I: 319-321. New York: Facts on File.
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) Conservatism. I: 326-327. New York: Facts on File.
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) Defense, Department of. II: 372-376. New York: Facts on File.
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) Janis Joplin. : 328-329. Westport: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood. [Encyclopedia Entry].
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) National Park Service. III: 952-956. New York: Facts on File.
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) Summer of Love/San Francisco. : 641-642. Westport: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood. [Encyclopedia Entry].
  • Fletcher AL. (2011) The Factory. : 205-206. Westport: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood. [Encyclopedia Entry].
  • Fletcher A. (2010) Citizen scientist? Biodiversity informatics and the democratization of conservation. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: School of Social and Political Sciences Seminar Series, 31 Oct 2006.
  • Fletcher A. (2010) President Obama and the State of the World. Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand: Invited Presentation to U3A Kate Sheppard Branch.
  • Fletcher A. (2010) The Biodiversity Crisis. St. Andrews College, Christchurch, New Zealand: Invited Talk to Secondary Students.
  • Fletcher A. (2010) Review of Animal Encounters by Tom Tyler, Manuela Rossini, and Manuela S. Rossini (2009). Journal for Critical Animal Studies VIII(1/2): 216-221. [Book Review].
  • Fletcher A. (2009) From Bench to Market: Emerging Issues in U.S. Regulation of Pharmacogenomics. Christchurch, New Zealand: The 5th Annual Carney Pharmacogenomics Symposium, 10 Aug 2009.
  • Fletcher A. (2007) Patrick Dunleavy, Helen Margetts, Simon Bastow, and Jane Tinkler (Eds), Digital Era Governance: IT Corporations, the State and E-Government. Journal of Information Technology and Politics 4(1): 95-96. [Book Review].
  • Fletcher AL. (2003) Nick Higginbotham, Robert Briceno-Leon and Nancy Johnson (editors) Applying Health Social Science: Best Practice in the Developing World. Health, Risk & Society 5(3): 336-337. [Book review].
  • Fletcher AL. (2002) Richard Heeks' (editor) Reinventing Government in the Information Age: International Practice in IT-Enabled Public Sector Reform. Social Science Computer Review 20(2): 218-220. [Book Review].
  • Fletcher AL. (2001) Gregory E. McAvoy's "Controlling Technocracy: Citizen Rationality and the NIMBY Syndrome". Australian Journal of Political Science 36(2 (July)): 397-398. [Book Review].
  • Fletcher AL. (2000) Bonnie Nardi and Vicki O'Day's "Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart". Social Science Computer Review 18(1): 113-115. [Book Review].
  • Allen C. and Fletcher A. (1999) German Telecommunications in the Global Economy.Commissioned by American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Fletcher A. (1997) Markets and States in the Information Society: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Telecommunications Policy in the United States and France. [PhD. Dissertation]. University of Georgia.