Urban Policy

I assess different community food environments and networks, focusing on the concepts of “food desert” and “food swamp.” In specific, I correlate community food accessibility/availability with socio-economic status. I am also interested in how different urban amenities and facilities are correlated with neighborhood socio-economic status.

Following are some of my peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • Yang, M., Wang, H., Qiu, F., 2019. The built environment of schools: Access to unhealthy food outlets and outdoor recreational facilities. Cities, 87: 229–237. [paper available here]
  • Wang, H., Qiu, F., 2018. Spatial disparities in neighborhood public tree coverage: Do modes of transportation matter? Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 29: 58–67. [paper available here]
  • Wang, H., Qiu, F., 2016. Fresh food access revisited. Cities, 51: 64–73. [paper available here]
  • Wang, H., Tao, L., Qiu, F., Lu, W., 2016. The role of socio-economic status and spatial effects on fresh food access: Two case studies in Canada. Applied Geography, 67: 27–38. [paper available here]
  • Wang, H., Qiu, F., Swallow, B.M., 2014. Can community gardens and farmers’ markets relieve food desert problems? A study in Edmonton, Canada. Applied Geography, 55: 127–137. [paper available here]