Cohen, Nevin

Cohen, Nevin

Nevin Cohen
PhD, Environmental Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University
Assistant Professor Urban Environmental Policy, The New School for Public Engagement

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Areas of Expertise:
Urban food system, urban environment, civic agriculture, food production, and urban environment integration.
Nevin Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School, where he teaches courses in urban food systems, environmental studies, environmental planning, and environmental policy analysis, including cross-disciplinary courses that connect the fields of policy, urban planning, design, and urban studies. Dr. Cohen's current research focuses on the development of urban food policy, the use of urban space for food production, and planning for ecologically sound urban food systems. At present, his focus is on the diffusion of urban and regional food policy in North America. He has extensive professional experience as a policy analyst, urban planner, and advisor on green business practices. He has a PhD in Urban Planning from Rutgers University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley, and a BA from Cornell.
Courses Taught:
  • Urban Food Systems
  • Planning Sustainable Cities
  • Urban Environmental Issues
  • Designing the Sustainable Food System
  • Urban Environmental Policy
  • Grassroots Environmentalism
  • Garbage: The political economy and ecology of New York City
Recent Publications:


  • Cohen, N., General Editor. (2011). Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide. The Sage reference series on green society: toward a sustainable future. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. 
  • Cohen, N., General Editor. (2011). Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide. The Sage reference series on green society: toward a sustainable future. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Articles, Book Reviews, Chapters

  • N. Cohen and R. Subramaniam. (2012). The University Gallery as Beehive: Exploring civic agriculture in an exhibition platform. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
  • N. Cohen. (2012). Planning for Urban Agriculture: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation, and Politics. in Sustainable Food Planning: Evolving Theory and Practice. A. Viljoen, and J. S. C. Wiskerke, eds. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • N. Cohen. (2011). How Great Cities Are Fed Revisited: 10 Municipal Policies to Support the New York City Foodshed. Fordham Environmental Law Journal. Volume XXII. No. 3. Fall 2011. pp. 691-71 

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