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Kareem Usher

Kareem Usher

Kareem Usher

Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning



292 Knowlton Hall
275 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Community-Based Participatory Action Research
  • Urban Food Systems
  • Healthy Corner Store Policy

Kareem M. Usher is an Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning Section of the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture.  Dr. Usher received his BA 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 teaching and research interests focus on urban food systems and engages this topic through food access, social justice, regional governance and community economic development.  He currently serves as an Associate Faculty with the Ghana Sustainable Change Program – an interdisciplinary service-learning initiative. Prior to joining OSU, Dr. Usher has served on the Boards of Directors of community housing development organisations, worked with local grassroots food advocacy groups in Kentucky and Florida and, co-organised an interdisciplinary symposium on social justice.

Research Interests:

  • Access
  • Food security
  • Food/social justice
  • Regional governance
  • Neighbourhood planning and development
  • Development in the Global South

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