Anne Murcott is author of books, articles and papers in sociology on various aspects of health and on food, diet and culture. Trained in social anthropology and sociology, she taught at the University of Wales then moved to the University of London. She has also taught at Newcastle and Deakin Universities, Australia, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland and the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is now Professorial Research Associate, Food Studies Centre, SOAS, London, Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham and Professor Emerita London South Bank University. She was Director of the Economic & Social Research Council (UK) Research Programme ‘“The Nation’s Diet” the social science of food choice’ in the 1990s. She served as editor of Sociology of Health & Illness, and as international editor of Food, Culture & Society.

She served as an expert member of the UK Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) General Advisory Committee on Science between 2009 and 2016, and is currently a member of the Advisory Group of the FSA’s “flagship” social survey.

In 2009 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala. She was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010.

Her recent publications include The Handbook of Food Research co-edited with Peter Jackson and Warren Belasco (Bloomsbury, 2013, 2015); Waste matters: new perspectives of food and society co-edited with David Evans and Hugh Campbell (Wiley [The Sociological Review Monograph] 2013) and Food Consumption in Global Perspective: Essays in the Anthropology of Food in Honour of Jack Goody co-edited with Jakob Klein (Palgrave. 2014). The Craft of Writing in Sociology co-authored with Andrew Balmer was recently published in November 2017 (Manchester University Press). Murcott is currently preparing Introducing the sociology of food and eating to be published by Bloomsbury in 2019 and The secret life of food packaging also to be published by Bloomsbury.