Elizabeth Toller

Elizabeth completed a combined honours degree in social anthropology and international development studies at Dalhousie University (2006) and a Master’s at Dalhousie in Social Anthropology (2008). Her work centers on the reframing of regulation as competitive advantage in the commercialization of food and drug products. She uses anthropology and science studies to explore industry preparations for and responses to new regulatory interventions at Health Canada: for example, the implementation of the Natural Health Product Regulations in 2004.

Elizabeth’s general interests include the anthropology of science and technology, intellectual property law, and commercial advertising for functional foods, nutraceuticals, and natural health products (NHP). Her work on science and policy perspectives for the regulation of functional foods, nutraceuticals and NHPs contributes to Dr. Graham’s Canadian Institute of Health Research funded project ‘Risks and regulation of novel therapeutics.’ She has also worked in various directorates at Health Canada, including the Bureau of Food Policy Integration and the Bureau of Chemical Safety. Liz is currently working with Health Canada’s Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate.