Kareem Usher

Kareem Usher

Kareem Usher

Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning Section


(614) 292-7213

292 Knowlton Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban Food Systems Planning: Access and Food Justice
  • Collaborative Planning - Participatory Research
  • Equity Planning
  • Spirituality and Planning
  • Regional Governance
  • Neighbourhood and Sustainable Community Economic Development
  • Alternative Food Economies


  • Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning (Florida State University, 2015)
  • M.A. Urban Planning (University of Louisville, 2005)
  • B.A. Sociology (Spalding University, 1997)
  • A.A. Biology and Mathematics (St. John's College Sixth Form, Belize, 1994)

Dr. Kareem Usher is an Assistant Professor in City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University. His research interests focus on urban food systems and engages this topic through food access, social justice, regional governance and community economic development. Dr. Usher’s work involves utilising mixed-methods and community-based participatory research methodologies to explore perceived as well as objective measures of access to healthy food of food-insecure families in low-access (‘food gap’) communities. His research also extends to the nation of Belize where he investigates urban agriculture and greenspace as methods of climate change mitigation and resiliency.

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