Food Lab Members to Present at ACSP Conference in October

Several members of the Food Lab will be presenting their research at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning’s annual conference in Houston, TX from October 22-25th.

  • Nate Attard will be presenting, “Exploring Second Trip Patterns: An Analysis of Travel at Work in Portland”.
  • Dr. So Ra Baek will be presenting, “Cultural Factors Influencing Parents’ Decision on Children’s Active Commuting to School: Implications for Safe Routes to School Programs”.
  • Dr. Bumjoon Kang will be presenting, “Identifying Potential Participants in the Walking School Bus Program”.
  • Subhashni Raj will be presenting “Planning’s Legitimacy: Exploring Amartya Sen’s Conceptualization of Freedom in Affirming the Role of Planning as Enabling Freedoms” as well as participating in a round table discussion, “Culturing Established Food Systems in a ‘Food Desert'”.
  • Dr. Samina Raja will be moderating a round table discussion, “Food Systems Planning: Do Rural Areas Deserve Special Attention?”. She will also be presenting “Over-Regulation and Under-investment: Planners’ Response to Communities’ Efforts to Strengthen Food Systems”.
  • Jenny Whittaker will be presenting, “Food Insecurity in Farm Country: Use of Public Policy to Overcome the Rural Paradox”.

Please click here to see sessions at the conference featuring the work of early career scholars and graduate students from many universities who focus on the link between planning, food systems, and health.

Growing Food Connections will also be hosting a Food Systems Planning Networking Event at the conference on Friday, October 23rd, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the MKT Bar at Phoenicia Foods, 1001 Austin St., Houston, TX, 77010.  Please join us for an informal gathering of planning faculty, students, and practitioners interested in the linkages between planning and food systems.  Please confirm your attendance by emailing Subhashni Raj at We look forward to seeing you there!