Kameshwari (Kami) Pothukuchi
Kameshwari (Kami) Pothukuchi
Research Interest/Area of Expertise
Community food systems (browse SEED Wayne, watch a video). Watch other videos with interviews of SEED Wayne student leaders and campus and community partners. Read 2013 article by SEED Wayne's first Student Leader, William Ahee.
Community participation in planning
Race, gender, ethnicity issues in community planning
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- Bachelor of Architecture, University of Bombay, Mumbai, India, 1987 (honors with high distinction)
- Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 1990
- Master of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 1991 (with high distinction)
- Ph.D. in Urban, Technological, and Environmental Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dec. 1995
Awards and Grants
2017 Ford Motor Company Fund, College Community Challenge Legacy Award for Outstanding Service
2013 Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Award, Wayne State University
2011 Michigan Plaque Award for SEED Wayne, Keep Michigan Beautiful
2011 Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leader Award, Honorable Mention, Individual Category
2010 Faculty Service Award, Wayne State University Alumni Association
2015 WK Kellogg Foundation, ‘Supporting Leadership: A campus-community collaboration for sustainable food systems in Detroit,’ $100,000.
2015 Ford Motor Company Fund, ‘From volunteering to employment—cultivating student leadership and capacity in sustainable food systems,’ $25,000.
2013 Ford Motor Company Fund, ‘Student Advantage at Wayne State Farmers Market,’ $25,000.
2013 Michigan Fitness Foundation, ‘Healthy Eats Project,’ $45,247.
2012 Michigan Economic Development Corporation, ‘Increasing access, strengthening markets,’ with Grandmont Rosedale Community Development Corporation, $50,000.
2009-16 Fair Food Network, Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) at the Wayne State Farmers Market, $47,715.
2012 University of Wisconsin-Madison, ‘Campus-community collaborations in sustainable food systems,’ USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 2011-68004-30044, $25,000.
2011 Eastern Market, Wayne State University Farmers Market Marketing Grant, $5,000
2009 Erb Family Foundation, ‘Healthy Food Enterprise Development on Detroit’s Eastside.’ $90,000
2008 Ford Motor Company Fund, 'Sustainable Food Systems Education and Engagement in Detroit'. $100,000
- Pothukuchi, K. 2017, online. Vacant land disposition for urban agriculture in Cleveland: Is community development a mixed blessing? Journal of Urban Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2017.1403855.
- Pothukuchi, K., M. Arrowsmith, N. Lyon. 2017, online. Hydraulic Fracturing: A Review of Implications for Food Systems Planning. Journal of Planning Literature. DOI: 10.1177/0885412217733991
- Pothukuchi, K. 2016, online. 'To allow farming is to give up on the city.' Political anxieties related to vacant land disposition for urban agriculture in Detroit. Journal of Urban Affairs, June. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2017.1319239.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2016, online. Bringing fresh produce to corner stores in declining neighborhoods: Lessons from Detroit FRESH. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Fall. DOI: 10.5304/jafscd.2016.071.013.
- T. Ledoux, I. Vojnovic, J. Thomas, K. Pothukuchi. 2016, online. Disinvestment, the Neighborhood Food Environment and Obesity in Detroit. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, November. DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12227.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2015. Five decades of community food planning in Detroit: City and grassroots, growth and equity. Journal of Planning Education and Research, June, DOI: 10.1177/0739456X15586630
- Pothukuchi, K. 2015. Urban agriculture in Detroit: History and prospects (pages 279-298). In M. H. Chumbler, S. E. Negro, and L. E. Bechler, eds., Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation. Chicago: American Bar Association, Section on State and Local Government Law.
- Pothukuchi, K. and S. Molnar. 2014. Sustainable Food Systems at Urban Public Universities: A survey of U-21 Universities, Journal of Urban Affairs, DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12149.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2012. Building sustainable food systems in a single bottom line context: Lessons from SEED Wayne, Wayne State University. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 2(3): 103-119.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2011. The Detroit Food System Report, 2009-10. Detroit: Detroit Food Policy Council. The full report is here.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2010. Building sustainable, just food systems in Detroit. Sustainability, 4(4): 193-198.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2009. Community and Regional Food Planning: Building Institutional Support in the United States, International Planning Studies 14(4): 349-67.
- Pothukuchi, K. and R. Wallace. 2009. Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy: Recommendations and Research (S. Malekafzali, ed). Oakland, CA: Policy Link, Prevention Institute, and Convergence Partnership, pp. 113-130.
- Pothukuchi, K., R. Mohamed and D. Gebben. 2008. Explaining disparities in food code compliance by food stores: Does community matter? Agriculture and Human Values, 25 (3), 319-332, Fall.
- Kaufman, J., K. Pothukuchi, and D. Glosser (in consultation with American Planning Association members). 2007. "Community and Regional Food Planning: A Policy Guide of the American Planning Association." Formally adopted by APA Legislative and Policy Committee, Delegates Assembly, and the APA Board at the 2007 APA national conference, Philadelphia.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2007. Building Community Food Security: Lessons from Community Food Projects, 1999-2003. Los Angeles: Community Food Security Coalition.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2005. “Building partnerships for health: Assessing action research components in a university-community collaboration,” Planning Practice and Research, 20(2): 127-146.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2005. “Attracting supermarkets to the inner city: Economic Development outside the box.” Economic Development Quarterly, 19(2): 232-44.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2004. “Hortaliza: Youth ‘nutrition garden’ in Southwest Detroit,” Field Report, Children, Youth, and Environments, 14(2).
- Pothukuchi, K. 2004. “Community Food Assessment: A First Step in Planning for Community Food Security,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 23(4): 356-77.
- Pothukuchi, K., H. Joseph, H. Burton, and A. Fisher. 2002. What's Cooking in Your Food System? A Guide to Community Food Assessment; Los Angeles: Community Food Security Coalition.
- Pothukuchi, K. 2001. "Effectiveness and empowerment in shelter policy: Lessons from a study of working women's hostels in Bangalore, India." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 25(2): 362-79, June.
- Pothukuchi, K. and J. Kaufman. 2000. "The food system: A stranger to urban planning." Journal of the American Planning Association, 66(2): 113:24, Spring.
- Pothukuchi, K. and J. Kaufman. 1999. "Placing food issues on the community agenda: The role of municipal institutions in food systems planning." Agriculture and Human Values, 16: 213-24, Fall.
For citation counts, browse my profile on Google Scholar. Note that the APA Policy Guide (Kaufman et al 2007, above) got 111 cites with the American Planning Association as author. These are not included in my Google Scholar citation count.
Browse a page from a recent article (Greenstein et al, 2015, Journal of Planning Education and Research) that showcases the influence of my research on the teaching of food systems planning across the country. Click here for the full article.
Selected publications aimed at community-based audiences, food advocacy community; opinions.
- 2018; Opinion: 3 issues that can unite metro Detroiters in 2018. Detroit Free Press, January 4.
- 2014; The Wayne State Farmers Market Supports Healthy Diets. Michigan Citizen, June 21.
- 2014; What the 2014 Farm Bill may mean for Detroiters. Michigan Citizen, March 2.
- 2013; Proposed cuts in food stamps will hurt Detroiters. Michigan Citizen, Oct 3.
- 2013; Wayne State Farmers Market means many things to many people. Michigan Citizen, July 29.
- 2012; The defeat of Prop 13 in California: Why Detroiters should care, Michigan Citizen, December 15
- 2012; Free lunches in DPS Schools, Michigan Citizen, April 8.
- 2011; WIC Farmers Market Project FRESH program changed without input from those affected, Michigan Citizen, February 20.
- 2010; To support sustainable agriculture, Detroit needs exemption from Right to Farm law, Michigan Citizen, October 14
- 2010; Reimagining neighborhood corner stores, starting with produce, Michigan Citizen, September 5.
- 2010; Local universities as partners in sustainable food systems, Michigan Citizen, April 25.
- 2009; Op-ed, “State gambles with families on food stamp distributions,” Lansing State Journal, April 29 (picked up by Ann Arbor News and Kalamazoo Gazette).
Selected invited lectures/ invited presentations
- 2018. Invited lecture, "Food system collaborations in Detroit: Expertise, participation, and trust," at University of Heidelberg, Center for American Studies, Heidelberg, Germany, June 28.
- 2018. Invited lecture, "Community Food Justice: Lessons from collaborations in Detroit" at Lillian Fountain Smith Nutrition Conference, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, May 15-16.
- 2017. Public lectures, "Lessons from Detroit FRESH," "Urban Agriculture in Detroit: Reimagining urban, reimagining agriculture," at Montreal Department of Public Health (April 12), and University of Quebec, Montreal (April 12); public consultation with Systeme alimentaire montrealais (Montreal Food Policy Council convening) (April 13).
- 2016. "Addressing disparities in access to healthy foods." Mayor's Summit on Health Equity in Detroit, Wayne State University, May 3-4.
- 2016. Western Michigan University, Center for the Humanities, Reimagining Community Series: 'What is the community that feeds you? Reimagining food, reimagining community." March 17. Office for Sustainability, Community conversation on universities and sustainability, March 18. Listen to WMUK interview, March 9.
- 2014. Iowa State University (College of Design, April 9; Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture, April 10), "Planning for Sustainable Food Systems," Ames, IA.
- 2014. "Urban Agriculture in Detroit: History and prospects," American Bar Association, Local and State Government Section, Asheville, NC, April 25.
- 2012. "Models of food planning in the United States," Planning for food – towards a prosperous, resilient and healthy food system through Victoria’s Metropolitan Planning Strategy, forum organized by Victorian Health Alliance and Heart Foundation, Melbourne, Australia, November 9.
- 2011. "Sustainable food systems in large public institutes: SEED Wayne in Detroit, USA," OtherWise Lecture Series, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands, November 29.
- 2011. "Campus-community collaboration for sustainable food systems: The SEED Wayne experience," Berea College, Kentucky, October 21.
- 2010. Food Planning: A Resource for Healthy People, Communities, and Regions, Regional Food Summit, St. Louis, MO, March 4.
- 2009. “The Food and Transportation Systems: Convergence for Health” presented at American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Invited participation on panel convened by Prevention Institute, Philadelphia, PA, November 11.
- 2008. Keynote, “Community and Regional Food Planning,” at Feeding the City conference, Cardiff University, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff, Wales, UK, November 5-6.
- 2007. Keynote, “Community and Regional Food Planning," University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, September 14.
- 2007. Keynote, Future Foods for Future Health Conference, co-sponsored by VicHealth, Melbourne, Australia, July 25.
- 2007. "Community and regional food planning," lectures to planners, public health and food system advocates, Melbourne (July 23-25) and Sydney (July 19), Australia.
- 2007. “Food planning for (d)well-being” (April 5), (D)wellbeing Lecture Series, and presentation to environmental planning class (April 6), University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
- 2007. “State policies and planning for food access,” Southwest Food Marketing Network Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26.
- 2006. Public Lecture (Sept. 26) and panel participation (Sept. 27) “Community Food Security: Concepts and practices,” organized by New Orleans Food and Farm Network, New Orleans, LA.
- 2006. “Lessons from successful supermarkets in low income areas,” National Conference of State Legislatures Food Policy Field Trips, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 8.
- 2006. “Building capacity for community food security,” Food for Talk Seminar Series, York University, Toronto, January 27.
- 2006. “Getting more: Policy tools for the Triple Bottom Line in Retail Grocery,” at From Pilots to Practice Conference, Prevention Institute, San Francisco, CA, January 11-12.
- 2005. Keynote panel. “Planning for sustainable food systems” Sustainable Landscapes Conference, Utah State University, Logan, UT, April 5.
- 2004 Public Lecture, Toledo Botanical Society, “Building a Sustainable Food System: What Works,” Sanger Public Library, Toledo, August 13.
Selected professional leadership/ governance experiences
- 2014-2017 Chair, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University (2014-15, Interim Chair).
- 2008-Curr Founding Director, SEED Wayne, Sustainable Food Systems Education and Engagement in Detroit and Wayne State University (clas.wayne.edu/seedwayne). A campus-community collaborative dedicated to building student leadership in sustainable food systems through activities in education, research, and engagement on WSU’s campus and in Detroit area communities. Community partners include nonprofit organizations involved in urban agriculture, food security, farm-to-institution linkages, and food planning and policy development. Browse newsletter SEEDLING archive.
- 2009-14 Co-founder, Member Detroit Food Policy Council, Detroit, MI. Vice Chair, 2009-11; Chair, Research and Policy Committee, 2011-14 Member, Convening Committee (charged by Detroit City Council), 2009.
- 2005-13 Founding Co-Chair (with Jerry Kaufman and Deanna Glosser), Food Interest Group (initially, Food Planning Steering Committee), American Planning Association.
- 2005-08 Board member, Detroit Agriculture Network, Detroit, MI.
- 2003-07 Board member, Agrarian Adventure, Ann Arbor, MI.
- 1999-2005 Board member, Community Food Security Coalition, Los Angeles, CA; Secretary, 2003-04; Chair, Healthy Food Access Committee, 2000-2004.
UP 7810, Internships in Food Systems Planning (All semesters, with instructor permission only)
- UP 7010: Planning and Decision Theory
- UP 7810: Internship in Community Food Systems Planning
- UP 6210: Urban Design Elements; Workshop
- UP 5430 (W): Cities and Food (includes SEED Wayne Seminar Series on Building a More Sustainable Food System in Detroit)
- UP 5610: Managing public participation