Our research is driven by the concerns and aspirations of our community partners as well as those of our colleagues in the planning profession. Our partners in Buffalo, New York include the Massachusetts Avenue Project, a community food advocacy organization, and the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities-Buffalo partnership, a coalition of several organizations working to reform local policies to promote a healthier living environment for children in Buffalo. Our national partners include professional planning associations such as the American Planning Association, food and agriculture advocacy organizations such as the American Farmland Trust, and individual practitioners working to build healthy food systems and healthy communities.

A food system cannot be understood through the lens of a single discipline. As such, research in the Food Lab occurs in collaboration with colleagues across a number of disciplines including planning, policy, public health, and agriculture. Results of our research informs on-the-ground changes in local government policy and plans.