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Elizabeth Dowler

Professor of Food and Social Policy, University of Warwick

I am a public health nutritionist working in food and social policy. Recent research includes food ethics, rights and food security nationally and internationally; food poverty and health inequalities; local food initiatives; evaluating policy at local, national and international levels. I have explored consumer identities and perceptions of risk and trust in relation to food and new technologies, and the implications of negotiated new relationships with producers and the food system. I work collaboratively with colleagues from different disciplines and sectors in the UK, elsewhere in Europe and the global South. I am a member/trustee of the Food Ethics Council.

My recent publications, with colleagues, include: 'Food for Poorer People: Conventional and "Alternative" Transgressions?' in: Food Transgressions: Making sense of contemporary food politics, (2014) Ashgate; ‘Rights-based approaches to addressing food poverty and food insecurity in Ireland and UK, (2012) SSM, 74, 44-51; Reconnecting Consumer, Producers and Food: exploring alternatives (2008) Berg; Challenging Health Inequalties: from Acheson to 'Choosing Health' (2007) Policy Press; Welfare of Food: rights and responsibilities in a changing world (2003) Blackwellls; I publish widely in specialized and professional journals and books, write technical briefings for non-specialists, and am a regular public speaker on nutrition and poverty, or on policy responses.


  • –present
    Professor of Food and Social Policy, University of Warwick