Elizabeth Dowler is Emeritus Professor of Food and Social Policy in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. A registered public health nutritionist, she has worked in many parts of the world with agricultural, health, social and planning sectors, and for international agencies. She is a member of the Defra Council of Food Policy Advisers, as well as expert panels for the Food Standards agency and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Her recent research includes: rights based approaches to food poverty; food security; nutrition and public health; evaluating food/nutrition policy and local initiatives; ‘alternative’ food systems and networks, especially consumers’ perspectives and benefits and exploring ‘reconnection’. She contributed to evaluating 10 years of the Scottish Diet Action Plan and of Food and Wellbeing Wales. She co-authored Reconnecting Consumers, Producers and Food: exploring alternatives (2008) Berg: Oxford.
Professor Dowler was a Food Ethics Council Trustee for many years, until stepping down in September 2014.