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Kareem M. Usher

Kareem M. Usher

Kareem M. Usher

Associate Professor


292 Knowlton Hall

Dr. Kareem Usher is an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning in the Austin E. Knowlton School. Dr. Usher received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, a Masters of Urban Planning degree from the University of Louisville also located in Louisville, and a doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. His research interests focus on urban food systems and he engages this topic at the intersection of food access, social justice, regional governance and community economic development. His research also extends to the nation of Belize where he investigates urban agriculture and greenspace as methods of climate change mitigation and resiliency.  Dr. Usher is the Director of the Belize Study Abroad Program and Affiliate Faculty with the Environmental Science Graduate Program, the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Research Interests: Urban Food Systems – Food Access, Food Justice, Participatory Research, Equity Planning, Regional Governance, Alternative Food Economies, Sustainable Community Development


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