On Friday, November 3, Dr. Samina Raja (Professor of Urban Planning and Director of Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at the University of Buffalo) will present a talk entitled "Planning As If People Eat: Creating Equitable and Healthy Communities." This lecture-discussion will pertain to leveraging community food systems for creating equitable and healthy communities.
Dr. Raja’s research focuses on planning and design for sustainable food systems and healthy communities, and her research program focuses on understanding the role of planning and policy in building sustainable food systems and healthy communities. She is the Principal Investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (the “Food Lab”) where much of her research unfolds with the engagement and collaboration of an outstanding research team. In partnership with collaborators nationwide, Dr. Raja is currently directing Growing Food Connections, a comprehensive five-year initiative funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to build capacity of local governments to strengthen food systems.
Her additional research interests include the role of planning in communities experiencing conflict (she is especially interested in the region of Kashmir in South Asia), and the fiscal dimensions of urban and regional planning.
Dr. Raja’s research is published in leading planning and health journals. She is the lead author of the Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning: Transforming Food Environments, Building Healthy Communities, one of the earliest guidance monographs on food systems planning published by the national American Planning Association.