Nevin Cohen


Degree Info

PhD in Urban Planning from Rutgers University, Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley


Nevin Cohen is the Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Public Health at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. For the past 10 years his scholarly work has involved community-based research on urban food policy and food systems disparities, and he is an expert on the food policies and policymaking processes of New York City where for 7 years he also held staff positions in city government. He is the author of Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in NYC (The University of Georgia Press).


Cohen, N. (2021). Roles of Cities in Creating Healthful Food Systems. Annual Review of Public Health. Vol. 43. Review in Advance posted online December 22, 2021.

Cohen, N., Chrobok, M.*, & Caruso, O*. (2020). Gentrification and Food Retail Instability: A Census Tract Analysis of the Bronx, New York, 2008 and 2017. The Professional Geographer 2021. Accepted; in press.

Schoen V, Blythe C, Caputo S, Fox-Kämper R, Specht K, Fargue-Lelièvre A, Cohen N, Poniz ̇y L and Feden ́czak K (2021) “We Have Been Part of the Response”: The Effects of COVID-19 on Community and Allotment Gardens in the Global North. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 5:732641.

Caputo, S., Schoen, V., Specht, K., Grard, B., Blythe, C., Cohen, N., Newell, J., Fox-Kamper, R., Ponizy, L., Hawkes, J.* (2020). Applying the Food-Energy-Water Nexus approach to urban agriculture: from FEW to FEWP (Food-Energy-Water-People). Urban Forestry and Urban Greening July 2020.

Kirby, C.*, Specht, K., Fox-Kamper, R., Cohen, N., Lelievre, A., Caputo, S., Hawes, J.*, Blythe, C., Ponizy, L., Ilieva, R., Schoen, V. (2020) Differences in motivations and social impacts across urban agriculture types: Case studies in Europe and the US. Landscape and Urban Planning. Volume 212. August 2021.

Cohen, N. & Ilieva, R. (2020). Expanding the Boundaries of Food Policy: The Turn to Equity in New York City. Food Policy. Available online 17 December 2020. 102012.

Cohen, N., Tomaino Fraser, K., Arnow, C., Mulcahy, M., & Hille, C. (2020). Online Grocery Shopping by NYC Public Housing Residents Using SNAP: A Service Ecosystems Perspective. Sustainability (Special Issue on the Geographies of Responsibility for Just and Sustainable Food Systems.) 12, 4694.

Cohen, N., Chrobok, M.*, & Caruso, O*. (2020). Google-truthing to assess hot spots of food retail change: A repeat cross-sectional Street View of food environments in the Bronx, New York. Health & Place, 102291.

Cohen, N. (2019). SNAP at the Community Scale: How Neighborhood Characteristics Affect Participation and Food Access. American Journal of Public Health, 109(12), 1646-1651.