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Samina Raja

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning


Food access, food systems planning, food and urban planning, local government food policy

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Samina Raja can speak to the media about issues and problems surrounding food access.

She runs one of the country’s only academic labs devoted to food systems planning, and also leads Growing Food Connections, a $4 million National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded research initiative that helps local governments create plans and policies promoting access to healthy food for everyone.

Raja argues that a lack of attention to food in urban and regional planning is partly responsible for problems such as food insecurity and a dearth of farmers’ markets, grocery stores and other sources of fresh food in low-income neighborhoods.

She is co-leader of UB’s Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity, which brings together faculty from multiple disciplines to find solutions to the grand challenge of reducing inequities in global health.


Samina Raja, PhD
Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 
Principal Investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (Food Lab) at UB

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning