Emily Yates-Doerr

Emily’s research on cultural politics of nutrition science traverses the fields of medical and environmental anthropology and STS. As part of the “eating bodies” team, she has investigated the complex relations between investments in nutritional and agricultural health made on a global scale (backed by institutions such as the WHO and FAO and supported by different forms of scientific research) and what is locally salient. She is currently carrying out a project funded by an NWO Veni grant that examines the history and implementation of a United Nations’-backed initiative targeting the ‘first 1000 days of life.’ This work builds on her earlier research on the emerging diagnosis of obesity in the indigenous highlands of Guatemala. Her ethnographic approach – working with the people targeted by global policies, local scientists, and international experts – allows her to point out promising resonances and tragic dissonances in the back-and-forth between global policies and their local implementation. The question of what forms engaged, collaborative science can take is one that her research and teaching seek to address.