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(Speaker Series) Food systems inequity in the United States: How land use and development policy drive food insecurity in urban areas

Mar 21, 2024, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Leo Taylor


Focusing on twentieth century land use and development policies, this talk will delve into the intersections of land use/development policy and food justice in metropolitan areas. Touching on issues related to food access, justice, and sovereignty, we will explore how land use policies designed to disenfranchise people of color from property ownership are connected to current conditions in disinvested urban neighborhoods that lack healthy food and safe streets. This talk will connect Black rural land loss with urban disinvestment and apartheid.

Speaker Bio

Glennon Sweeney is a Senior Community Outreach Analyst at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity whose expertise lies at the intersection of land use and development policy and metropolitan segregation, with an emphasis on suburban spaces and food justice. Glennon works to build strategic partnerships that advance the Kirwan Institute’s community-engaged research strategy and serves in a translational capacity to underserved communities by providing workshops, webinars, and local history tours in order to bring the Institute’s research alive for non-academic communities. Glennon has been at the Kirwan Institute since 2012, serving as a graduate research assistant before becoming part of Kirwan’s research team in 2016. Glennon’s work has been published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Planning Literature, and the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, among others. Glennon received her BA in Geography and Political Science as well as her MA in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. She is currently a PhD candidate in the university’s planning department with expected graduation in 2024.


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