Nevin Cohen

Nevin Cohen is Associate Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health, and Research Director of CUNY’s Urban Food Policy Institute. His scholarship explores the policies, governance systems, practices, and infrastructure to support socially just, healthy, ecologically resilient, and economically viable urban and regional food systems.

Current research projects include: a study of the food practices of older adults; an examination of food retail in New York City; the intersections of zoning, planning, and food access; the effects of social equity policies on food systems; and an evaluation of the effects of urban farms in New York City Housing Authority developments. Dr. Cohen is the co-author of a recently published book, Beyond the Kale: urban agriculture and social justice activism in New York City (University of GA Press) that examines the potential of urban farms and gardens to address racial, gender, and class oppression. He has a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley, and a BA from Cornell.



  • PhD in Environmental Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • MCRP in City and Regional Planning from University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • BA in Economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Research Interests

Urban food policy, planning and health, environmental health policy





Dr. Nevin Cohen