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EWI Management Committee
Professor Elizabeth Dowler

Prof. Elizabeth Dowler, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, Marie Curie Fellow with the EWI Transfer of Knowledge programme.

I am a Reader in Food and Social Policy in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, a Registered Public Health Nutritionist, and work cross-disciplinarily with colleagues from Europe and the majority world.

While at EWI UCD I am collaborating with Dr Deirdre O’Connor, School of Biology and Environmental Sciences and Convenor of the EWI Research Cluster on Food.  We are working on inequalities in food and nutrition in Ireland and Europe generally, and the role of human rights in effecting change:

This opportunity at EWI through the Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Programme thus builds on my work on the social, policy and political dimensions of food and nutrition. I draw on qualitative and quantitative research skills, and have recently evaluated national and local food and nutrition policy and initiatives, examined consumers’ identities and perceptions of risk and trust, and explored ‘reconnected’ relationships between consumers and food producers.  All these contribute to inquiry over the location of ‘food and nutrition’ within the policy process. 

I am a member of the Food Ethics Council, the UK National Heart Forum, Sustain’s Food Access Network, and Programme Development Group for Maternal and Child Nutrition Public Health Programme Guidance for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  I am also a New Member of the Iona Community, a dispersed, international, ecumenical Christian community of men and women working for peace and justice.

My recent and forthcoming publications include:



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