This blog posting is a quick introduction to some research Tufts student Leah Lazer and I are carrying out. The project will focus on policy and planning tools and techniques that cities can use to promote the sale of fresh, healthy food at corner stores in low-income and minority communities in order to increase food access and food security for local residents. Based on a literature review, review of planning and policy reports, news articles and in-person interviews, we will examine which tools work best within city-specific contexts of budget constraints, density and zoning, pre-existing infrastructure, the characteristics of the target beneficiaries, and more.
Zed Books, an independent academic U.K. publisher with a reputation for cutting-edge international publishing, is commissioning an exciting series on key themes within the framework of just sustainabilities. I am the Series Editor.
The Just Sustainabilities Series will produce solutions-oriented books that contribute to understanding, theorizing and ultimately developing strategies toward the development of more just and sustainable communities in both the global North and South.
Pursuant to this, key themes of the series will be those themes that contribute toward ‘just sustainabilities’ at multiple spatial scales, from the local (neighborhood or community and city) through regional, national and global levels. More specifically, they are policy and planning themes that: