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Research Profile

Dr Adam Fletcher 

Dr. Adam Fletcher
Position:Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Health
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 79679
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 79054
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Address:Room 2.03, 1-3 Museum Place

Research Interests

My research focusses on the social determinants of young people's health and wellbeing, particularly the effects of education policies and school environments on health outcomes. I use inter-disciplinary conceptual frameworks and mixed methods. I have been funded by the UK Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research to develop and evaluate complex interventions which modify the school social environment in order to improve public health.

There are opportunities for exceptional students to join the Cardiff School of Social Sciences as doctoral researchers and I am interested in supervising PhD students on topics relating to: young people’s health and wellbeing; health inequalities; school-based health improvement; school food; the health effects of education policies; social network theories; and physical activity and sport.

Research Centre

DECIPHer UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence 

Recent Publications

Fletcher, A., Jamal, F., Fitzgerald-Yau, N. and Bonell, C. ‘We've got some underground business selling junk food’: qualitative evidence of the unintended effects of English school food policies. Sociology doi:10.1177/0038038513500102

Jamal, F., Fletcher, A., Harden, A., Wells, H., Thomas, J. and Bonell, C. The school environment and student health: systematic review and meta-ethnography of qualitative research. BMC Public Health 2013; 13: 798.

Fletcher, A. and Bonell, C. Social-network influences on smoking, drinking and drug use in secondary school: centrifugal and centripetal forces. Sociology of Health and Illness 2013; 35(5): 699-715.

Fletcher,A. Working towards “health in all policies” at a national level. BMJ 2013; 346: f1096.

Kneale, D., Fletcher, A., Wiggins, R. and Bonell, C. Distribution and determinants of risk of teenage motherhood in three British cohorts: implications for targeting prevention interventions. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2013; 67(1): 48-55.

Bonell, C., Fletcher, A., Morton, M., Lorenc, T. and Moore, L. Realist randomised controlled trials: a new approach to evaluating complex public-health interventions. Social Science & Medicine 2012; 75(12): 2299-2306.

Fletcher, A. and Krug, A. Excluding Youth? A global review of harm reduction services for young people, in Global State of Harm Reduction 2012. London: Harm Reduction International.


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