Liz Dowler lives in Oxford, but is Reader in Food and Social Policy in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, where she teaches and does research on the politics and policy of food and nutrition. She is a registered Public Health Nutritionist, and has worked in many parts of the world, though now mostly in the UK and Europe. She researches poverty, food, nutrition and public health, evaluating food/nutrition policy and local initiatives; 'alternative' food networks; especially consumers' views, exploring 'reconnection'; and people's ideas about risk in food.
She is a member of the Food Ethics Council, the National Heart Forum, and of the Programme Development Group for Maternal and Child Nutrition Public Health Programme Guidance for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). In 2005-6 she was a member of the panel evaluating 10 years of the Scottish Diet Action Plan for NHS Scotland, and is leading a mid-term evaluation of Food and Wellbeing Wales, for Food Standards Agency Wales.
Recent publications include: chapters in Dora (ed) 2006, Engaging with Public Concerns over Safe Food: lessons from BCE/CJD for health and risk communication strategies, Geneva: WHO; Dowler & Jones Finer (eds) 2003, The Welfare of Food rights and responsibilities in a changing world, Oxford: Blackwells; Mosley & Dowler (eds) 2003 Poverty and Social Exclusion in North and South, Routledge: London; Dowler & Turner with Dobson 2001 Poverty bites; food, health and poor families, Child Poverty Action Group: London.