Jerome L. Kaufman Doctoral Fellowship in Food Systems Planning

The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York is pleased to announce the launch of the Jerome L. Kaufman doctoral fellowship for the study of food systems planning. The fellowship honors the intellectual legacy of Professor Jerome L. Kaufman, FAICP, who laid the foundation of food systems planning research, pedagogy and practice within the discipline of urban and regional planning.

Building on Professor Kaufman’s legacy, Kaufman Fellows will engage in and advance the research and scholarship on the role of planning in building healthy and equitable food systems. The Kaufman Fellowship offers three years of financial support including full tuition, a competitive stipend, and financial support for Fellows to attend and present their research at conferences. Kaufman Fellows will be affiliated with the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (Food Lab) at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Prospective doctoral fellows may submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a writing sample to the Food Lab Research Coordinator at  The Kaufman Fellowship application must be submitted independently of the admissions application to the doctoral program in urban and regional planning at UB. Deadline for receipt of Kaufman fellowship materials is March 01. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and the fellowship remains available until the position is filled. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their materials early.

Note: To be eligible for the Kaufman fellowship, candidates must apply to the doctoral program in urban and regional planning at UB. The application deadline for the doctoral program (for fall semester) is earlier than the deadline for the Kaufman fellowship.

The Kaufman fellowship is not available for Fall 2015. We anticipate that the next fellowship will be available for Fall 2016.

About Professor Jerome L. Kaufman

Professor Jerome L. Kaufman, FAICP, laid the foundation for the study, pedagogy, and practice of food systems planning in the profession of urban planning.  Professor Kaufman taught at the University at Wisconsin-Madison from 1971 to 2001, when he retired and was accorded Emeritus status.  Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor Kaufman worked for the American Society of Planning Officials (ASPO), the predecessor to the American Planning Association.

Professor Kaufman made considerable and lasting contributions to the discipline and practice of urban planning. A visionary, Kaufman displayed a rare knack for raising questions about issues ahead of their time. His interests spanned planning ethics, urban education, strategic planning, central city planning, alternative dispute resolution, and his lasting legacy, the area of food systems planning.

Until the late 1990s, the food system, or the network of activities, stakeholders, resources, and institutions that deliver food from field to table, was largely absent from planning discussion. From 1996-2001, Professor Kaufman launched and co-directed, with Dr. Marcia Caton Campbell, the Madison Food System Project, one of the earliest efforts to examine the food system from a planning perspective. With his collaborators, Jerome L. Kaufman mapped multiple ways in which municipal planning affects and is impacted by the food system.

Over the last decade, since Professor Kaufman’s retirement from his faculty position, considerable shifts have occurred in the planning discipline. Thanks to Jerry’s continued innovation and leadership post-retirement, the American Planning Association (APA) issued a policy guide on Community and Regional Food Planning, and a growing number of local governments have adopted plans to guide their communities’ food systems to a healthier future. Indeed, in 2008, the comprehensive plan that won the national award for the best plan from the APA, a county-wide plan for Marin County, CA, included a sub-section on the food system. Today, planning scholars in other, more traditional, areas of planning are taking note of the importance of food systems for planning practice as well: the editor of a Journal of the American Planning Association special issue on growth management noted the “increasing interest in food systems” as one of four new issues that must be tackled by growth management planners in the future.

In recent months, numerous academic positions have been posted by universities seeking to hire faculty in food systems planning. This most recent shift will be the most lasting legacy of Professor Kaufman’s work, as it indicates the now widespread acceptance of food systems planning’s importance. Recipients of the Kaufman Fellowship will be ideally positioned to carry this legacy forward as they move into their careers and train the urban and regional planning academics and practitioners of tomorrow.

Fellowship Advisory Committee

Judith Zukerman Kaufman, Kami Pothukuchi, Wayne State University, Marcia Caton Campbell, Center for Resilient Cities, Martin Bailkey, Growing Power, Branden Born, University at Washington-Seattle, Samina Raja, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

For additional information contact: Dr. Samina Raja