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Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning


Food displayed at a farmer's market

The study of food systems, agriculture, and food justice intersects with urban policy and planning in myriad ways. Not only is food needed for survival, but it also brings communities, cultures and individuals together, it is a force of social and climate resilience, and it dramatically affects land use worldwide. At UEP, we approach food studies through an intersectional lens through coursework, Field Projects, faculty research, and theses. We explore the connections between food production and supply and themes such as urban agriculture, labor, sustainable agriculture, food system planning, and food policy. With the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy just across the river in downtown Boston, students also have the opportunity to focus their studies more specifically on Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) or Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs (FANP) through our dual degree program.

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Featured Courses

Course Course Title Instructor
UEP 0285-01 Food Justice: Critical Approaches in Policy and Planning Agyeman
UEP 0224-01/PH 0288-01 Public Health and the Built Environment Davis
UEP 0194-AA Sustainability and the Food Industry Guillemin
UEP 0223-01 Fundamentals of U.S. Agriculture Blackstone

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