Articles, Book Chapters, and Books

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  1. Raj, Subhashni, Samina Raja, and Bree-Ana Dukes. 2016. “Beneficial but Constrained: Impact of urban agriculture on consumption of fruits and vegetables among youth.”  Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. In Press.
  2. Raj, Subhashni. 2016. “Growing Food Connections.” In Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development, edited by Rhonda Phillips and Chris Wharton. Taylor and Francis.
  3. Khojasteh, Maryam, and Samina Raja. 2016. “Agents of Change: The Role of Immigrants in Creating Healthier Food Environments.”  Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. In Press.
  4. Horst, Megan, Subhashni Raj, and Catherine Brinkley. 2016. “Getting Outside the Supermarket Box: Alternatives to “Food Deserts” in Portland, Oregon.”  Progressive Planner.
  5. Clark, Jill, Molly Bean Smith, Samina Raja, Scott Loveridge, Julia Freedgood, and Kimberley Hodgson. 2016. “Cooperative Extension and Food System Change – Goals, Strategies and Resources.”  Agriculture & Human Values.
  6. Baek, So-Ra, Samina Raja, Nathan Attard, Maryam Khojasteh. 2016. Acculturating into (In)active Commuting to School: Differences between Children of Foreign-Born and U.S. – Born Caregivers. Children, Youth, and Environments. 26(1)
  7. Raja, Samina, Jennifer Whittaker, Enjoli Hall, Kimberley Hodgson, Maryam Khojasteh, and Jeanne Leccese. 2016. “Growing Food Connections through Urban Planning: Lessons from the United States.” In Integrating Food Into Urban Planning. Rome, Italy: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  8. Raja, Samina and Jennifer Whittaker.  “Community Food Infrastructure: A Vital Consideration for Planning Healthy Communities.” In Beatley, Timothy, Reuben Rainey, and Carla Jones. Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces: Current Practice and Future Directions in Health and Design. University of Virginia Press.  In Press.
  9. Baek, Solhyon, Samina Raja, Jiyoung Park, Leonard Epstein, Li Yin, and James Roemmich. 2015. Park Design and Children’s Active Play: A Micro-Scale Spatial Analysis of Intensity of Play in Olmsted’s Delaware Park. Environment and Planning B. 
  10. Raja, Samina, Justin Booth, J Travis Norton, Beverly Crowell, Jessie Gouck, and Kari Bonaro. 2015. “Promoting active commuting to school through environmental and policy supports in Buffalo, New York.”  Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 21:S110-S115.
  11. Raja, Samina, Justin Booth, J. Travis Norton, Beverly Crowell, Jessie Hersher Gouck, and Kari Bonaro. 2015. Promoting Active Commuting to School through Environmental and Policy Supports in Buffalo, New York. Public Health Management and Practice. 21:S110-S115, May/June 2015
  12. Raja, Samina, Diane Picard, Solhyon Baek, and Cristina Delgado. 2014. Rustbelt Radicalism: A Decade of Food Systems Planning Practice in Buffalo, NY. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 4 (4): 173-189.
  13. Feda, Denise, April Seelbinder, Solhyon Baek, Samina Raja, Li Yin, and James N Roemmich. 2014. Neighbourhood Parks and Reduction in Stress among Adolescents: Results from Buffalo, New York. Indoor and Built Environment.
  14. Yin, Li, Raja, Samina, Li, X., Lai, Y., Epstein, Leonard, and Roemmich, James. 2013. Neighborhood for Playing: Using GPS, GIS, and Accelerometry to Delineate Areas within which Youth are Physically Active. Urban Studies.  50 (14): 1-18.
  15. Raja, Samina. 2013. “A Review of “Sustainable Food Planning: Evolving Theory and Practice.” Journal of the American Planning Association. 79 (3):3-4.
  16. Epstein, Leonard, Samina RajaTinuke Oluyomi Daniel, Rocco A. Paluch, Denise E. Wilfley, Brian E. Saelens, and James N. Roemmich, Ph.D.  2012.  “The Built Environment Moderates Effects of Family-Based Childhood Obesity Treatment over 2 Years.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 44 (2): 248-58.
  17. Raja, Samina, Li Yin, James Roemmich, Changxing Ma, Leonard Epstein, and Pavan Yadav. 2010. Food environment, built environment, and women’s BMI: Evidence from Erie County, New York.  Journal of Planning Education and Research.  29: 444-460.
  18. Raja, Samina, Angelika Breinlich, and Aidan Kallas. 2010. Partnerships to Promote Healthy Eating in School Environments: Lessons from Buffalo, New York: Lessons from Buffalo, New York. Children, Youth, and Environment. 20 (2), 2010.
  19. Raja, Samina and Niraj Verma.  2010. Got perspective? A Justification for Planning Theory. Planning Theory. 9(2):126-136.  Invited paper for a special issue on planning theory edited by Dr. Ernest Alexander. 
  20. Ventura, Steve, Math Heinzel, and Samina Raja. 2010.  Planning Analyst Module 3: Allocate Making Place-based Decisions. Chapter 16 in Niemann, B., David Moyer, Stephen Ventura, Richard Chenoweth, and Douglas Miskowiak (eds.) Citizen Planners: Shaping Communities with Spatial Tools. ESRI Press.
  21. Raja, Samina, Michael Ball, Justin Booth, Philip Haberstro, and Katherine Veith.  2009.  Leveraging neighborhood-scale change for policy and program reform in Buffalo, New York. Special issue on Active Living by Design.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 37 (6S).
  22. Raja, Samina, Changxing Ma, and Pavan Yadav. 2008. Beyond food deserts: Measuring and mapping racial disparities in the food environment. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 27 (4): 469-482. Included in ‘Editors’ Picks’ column of the Environment: Science and policy for Sustainable Development journal (Sep/Oct 2008).
  23. Roemmich, James, Leonard Epstein, Samina Raja, and Li Yin.  2007. The neighborhood and home environments: Disparate relationships with physical activity and sedentary behaviors in youth.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 33 (1): 29-38.
  24. Raja, Samina. 2006.  Kashmir. In Derek Reveron and Jeffrey Murer (eds.) Flashpoints in the War on Terrorism.  New York, NY: Routledge. pp. 178-198.
  25. Epstein, Leonard, Elizabeth Handley, Kelly K. Dearing, David D. Cho, James Roemmich, Rocco Paluch, Samina Raja, Youngju Pak, and Bonnie Spring.  2006.  Purchases of food in youth: Influence of Price and Income. Psychological Science 17 (1): 82-89.
  26. Roemmich, James, Leonard Epstein, Samina Raja, Li Yin, Jodie Robinson, and Dana Winiewicz.  2006.  Association of access to parks and recreational facilities with the physical activity of young children.  Preventive Medicine. (43) 6: 437-441.
  27. Raja, Samina.  2006.  Seeking Common Ground in Smart Growth and Food System Planning: Lessons from the Food for Growth Studio in Teaching Smart Growth at Colleges and Universities: A Set of Model Course Prospectuses.  US Environmental Planning Agency:
  28. Epstein, Leonard, Samina Raja, Sam Gold, Rocky Paluch, and James Roemmich.  2006.  Reducing Sedentary Behavior: The Relationship Between Park Area and the Physical Activity of Youth.  Psychological Science. 17 (8):654-659.
  29. Raja, Samina. 2005.  Site-Value Taxation. In Roger Caves (Ed). Encyclopedia of the City.  London, UK: Routledge. p. 407.

Books and Monographs

  1. Committee on Health Impact Assessment. 2011.  Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment.  The National Academies Press, Washington, DC. Forthcoming. [Committee members and authors: D. Bear, R. Bhatia, S. Cantor, B. Cave, A. Diez Roux, C. Dora, J. Fielding, J Graff Zivin, Richard Jackson (Chair), J. Levy, J. Quint, S. Raja, A. Schulz, and A. Wernham.]
  2. Raja, Samina, Branden Born, and Jessica Kozlowski Russell.  2008.  A Planners’ Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning: Transforming Food Environments, Building Healthy Communities.  Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Series, No. 554.  Chicago, Illinois: American Planning Association. 112 p.

Articles in Professional Magazines and Press 

  1. Raja, Samina. 2015.  “Why all Cities should had a Department of Food.” The Conversation. April 3, 2015.
  2. Raja, Samina and Heather Wooten.  2010.  “Food systems planning – an opportunity for planners in private practice.”  Newsletter, Private Practice Division, American Planning Association.
  3. Raja, Samina. 2008. “Food for Thought” Final Word. UB Today.
  4. Raja, Samina. 2008. Section in an article titled “A question for the boss: What questions should employees ask themselves about the health of their workforce?” Impact: Improving Health for Population and Individuals. School of Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo, Newsletter. April 2008.
  5. Breinlich, Angelika and Samina Raja.  2006.  “Sometimes applesauce is about more than just apples.”  Buffalo Rising, Online Magazine.  November 2006.
  6. Raja, Samina. 2005b. “Food for Growth” Intersight: Journal of the School of Architecture and Planning, 8 (2005): 112-117.