Category: Publications

Problematizing public engagement within public pedagogy research and practice

New journal article with Jennifer Sandlin and Jake Burdick, published in Discourse: Studies in the cultural politics of Education “In this article, we explore issues related to how scholars attempt to enact public pedagogy (i.e. doing ‘public engagement’ work) and how they research public pedagogy (i.e. framing and researching artistic and activist ‘public engagement’ as public pedagogy). We focus …

Mobile, wearable and ingestible health technologies: towards a critical research agenda

A new paper I’ve co-authored with Andy Miah on digital health technologies, published in Health Sociology Review as part of a special issue edited by Deborah Lupton. “In this article, we review critical research on mobile and wearable health technologies focused on the promotion of ‘healthy lifestyles’. We begin by discussing key governmental and policy …

Obesity Policy and Behaviour change models of health: The impact on social class & Inequalities

Journal Article in Sociological Research Online Physical Cultures of Stigmatisation: Health Policy & Social Class – Emma Rich, Laura De Pian and Jessica Francombe-Webb Abstract: In recent years, the increasing regulation of people’s health and bodies has been exacerbated by a contemporary ‘obesity discourse’ centred on eating less, exercising more and losing weight. This paper …

A public pedagogy approach to Fat Pedagogy

I’m delighted to have a chapter out soon ‘A public pedagogy approach to fat pedagogy’ in the exciting new book edited by Erin Cameron and Constance Russell ‘The Fat Pedagogy Reader: challenging weight-based oppression through critical education’ In the chapter I argue that the emerging academic field of ‘public pedagogy’ has a great deal to …

How are we negotiating our health through mobile health apps? New article….

In recent years there has been a rapid growth in mobile health apps that relate to physical activity and lifestyle. Such apps, which allow users to track their exercise behaviour, body weight, and food consumption, represent a significant proportion of the health app market. How are we negotiating our health through these apps? What are …

How thinking about health shapes the way young women think about their ‘futures’

Changing times, future bodies? The significance of health in young women’s imagined futures Just had this article published in Pedagogy, Culture and Society with John Evans. “In the UK, as in many other western and westernised societies, something of a crisis has been constructed around the relationships between childhood inactivity, young people’s diets and rising …

Beyond school boundaries: new health imperatives, families and schools

By Emma Rich Published in: Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education Download the article here This article draws upon research examining the impact of new health imperatives on schools in the United Kingdom. Specifically, it examines features of emerging surveillant relations, which not only speak to the changing nature of health-related practices in …

New publication – Olympics – New legacies of learning?

One aspect of the Olympic and Paralympic legacies may be their capacity to provide a context through which young people can engage with the intersections between culture, media and social activism as a form of learning. In this article I explore whether the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is a context through which young people can …