I situate my work at the intersection of technology, public health, and behavior. I’m interested in the ways in which technological innovation can shape and reshape health, wellness, and equity. I’m particularly interested in technology as a double-edged sword that can be used not just to promote positive health outcomes and democracy, but also to expand private sector interests at the expense of the public’s health. With regard to potential harms, I’m also interested in unpacking ideas about techno-fixes in a public health context. Specifically, which kinds of advancements and interventions actually move us forward, which serve as a distraction from more fundamental social reforms, and how can we strike a balance between innovation and using what we already have in a more equitable and reasonable way?

More concretely, I find myself working primarily on tobacco control and food systems questions within this broader domain. At the moment, I’m working on a several projects related to tobacco use and promotion on social media. I was recently awarded R03 from the Center for Tobacco Products and the NCI to look at the ways that e-liquid is marketed on Instagram. I’m also involved in several collaborations to explore substance use on visual social media platforms. As a qualitative researcher, I rely heavily in QCA and grounded theory to make sense of visual data and I’m always interested in new developments in these methods.

On the food side of things, I have an in-press chapter on carnist technology and food crime coming out at the end of the year and another chapter on the drivers of unsustainable demand coming out in 2018. I also authored a couple of early papers on public opinions about cultured meat, which remains an area of interest.

Some of my recent publications and reports include:

Laestadius, L., & Wahl, M. (2017). Mobilizing social media users to become advertisers: Corporate hashtag campaigns as a public health concern. Digital Health.

Neff, R., Laestadius, L., DiMauro, S., & Palmer, A. (2017). Oral History as Teaching Tool: Interviewing Baltimore Seniors About Food System Change. Metropolitan Universities Journal 28(1), 47-68.

Linnea I. Laestadius, Megan M. Wahl & Young I. Cho (2016): #Vapelife: An Exploratory Study of Electronic Cigarette Use and Promotion on Instagram, Substance Use & Misuse, DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2016.1188958

Laestadius, L. & Caldwell, M. (2015). Is the future of meat palatable?: Perceptions of in-vitro meat as evidenced by online news comments. Public Health Nutrition.

Laestadius, L., Neff, R., Barry, C., & Frattaroli, S. (2014). No meat, less meat, or better meat: Understanding NGO messaging choices on how meat consumption should be altered in light of climate change. Environmental Communication.

Fry, J.P., Laestadius, L., Grechis, C., Nachman, K. & Neff, R. (2014). Investigating the Role of State Permitting and Agriculture Agencies in Addressing Public Health Concerns Related to Industrial Food Animal Production Sites. PLOS ONE.

Kim, B., Laestadius, L., Lawrence, R., Martin, R., McKenzie, S., Nachman, K., Smith, T., & Truant, P. (2013) Industrial Food Animal Production in America: Examining the Impact of the Pew Commission’s Priority Recommendations. Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

Laestadius, L., Neff, R., Barry, C., & Frattaroli, S. (2013). Meat Consumption and Climate Change: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations. Climatic Change. 120(1): 25-38.

Fry, J.P., Laestadius, L., Grechis, C., Nachman, K. & Neff, R. (2013). Investigating the Role of State and Local Health Departments in Addressing Public Health Concerns Related to Industrial Farm Animal Production Sites. PLOS ONE 8(1).

Laestadius, L., Lagasse, L., Clegg Smith, K., & Neff, R. (2012). Print News Coverage of the 2010 Iowa Egg Recall: Addressing Bad Eggs and Poor Oversight. Food Policy 37: 751–759

Roberts, S., Forster, T., Laestadius, L., Klein, R., & Neff, R.A. (2012). Growing Healthy Food and Farm Policy: Report on Selected 2008 Farm Bill Policies Relevant to Public Health. Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

Neff, R., Hartle, J., Laestadius,L., Dolan, K., Rosenthal, A., and Nachman, K. (2012). A Comparative Study of Allowable Pesticide Residue Levels on Produce in the United States. Globalization and Health, 8(2).




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