Rositsa Ilieva

Director of Policy

Degree Info

PhD in Spatial Planning and Urban Development from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy and a graduate certificate in GIScience from Hunter College of the City University of New York.


For nearly a decade, Rositsa Ilieva's scholarly work has focused on examining the integration of just and sustainable food systems goals in the domains of urban policy, design, and planning from an international perspective. Rositsa is author of Urban Food Planning: Seeds of Transition in the Global North (Routledge, 2016). Her prior work has examined urban food policy in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.


Ilieva, R. Urban Food Planning: A New Frontier for City and Regenerative Food System Builders. In Duncan et al. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems 2020. Available from:, ISBN 9781138608047

Cohen N, Ilieva R. Expanding the boundaries of food policy: The turn to equity in New York City. Food Policy. 2020. Available from: DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2020.102012

Ilieva R, Willingham C, Cohen N, Morgan A, Freudenberg N. Food and the New York City Budget: A Review and Analysis of Municipal Budget Allocations in Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, 2019. Available from:

Ilieva R, Ahmed T, Yan A. Hungry minds: Investigating the food insecurity of minority community college students. Journal of Public Affairs. 2019; 19(3):e1891. Available from: DOI: 10.1002/pa.1891

Ilieva R, McPhearson T. Social-media data for urban sustainability. Nature Sustainability. 2018; 1(10):553-565. Available from: DOI: 10.1038/s41893-018-0153-6

Ilieva R, Hernandez A. Scaling-Up Sustainable Development Initiatives: A Comparative Case Study of Agri-Food System Innovations in Brazil, New York, and Senegal. Sustainability. 2018; 10(11):4057. Available from: DOI: 10.3390/su10114057

Hamstead Z, Fisher D, Ilieva R, Wood S, McPhearson T, Kremer P. Geolocated social media as a rapid indicator of park visitation and equitable park access. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 2018 November; 72:38-50. Available from: DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2018.01.007

Ilieva R. Urban Food Systems Strategies: A Promising Tool for Implementing the SDGs in Practice. Sustainability. 2017. 23; 9(10). Available from: DOI: 10.3390/su9101707

Ilieva R. 1 ed. Urban Food Planning: Seeds of Transition in the Global North, New York, NY: Routledge, 2016. Series: Routledge studies in Food Society and the Environment; Available from: DOI: 10.4324/9781315658650

Cohen N, Ilieva R. Transitioning the food system: A strategic practice management approach for cities. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 2015; 17:199-217. Available from: DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2015.01.003