END 217 - Food, Health, and Cities

Agriculture in the city of Srinagar (Kashmir).

Agriculture in the city of Srinagar (Kashmir) 

By 2050, the world’s urban population will likely double. As urbanization proceeds rapidly, how do cities across the globe ensure the wellbeing of inhabitants? This course explores the many ways in which planning and design processes promote (or, hinder) food and health equity in urban settings.

Drawing on experiences of cities worldwide, the course will explore community-led planning strategies for creating inclusive, just, and healthy cities. Each week will highlight on-the-ground experiences of a different city from across the world, including from USA, India, Ghana, and Jamaica. Students interested in connecting local realities with global challenges may find the course to be especially interesting. Students from any discipline are welcome to enroll. 


Samina Raja’s is an international expert on the role of planning and policy in building sustainable food systems and healthy communities. She directs the School of Architecture and Planning's Food Lab, including its current work on a grant to build food systems in communities across the U.S.