Case Studies: Urban Food Security Research with a Focus on Methodology

  • Shannon DonovanEmail author
  • Renata Ballesteros-Lopez
  • Liza Root
  • Shaina Seidner
  • Carol McCarty
  • Elizabeth Hodges Snyder


This chapter provides a suite of four case studies of food security and urban agriculture research in Anchorage, Alaska, all of which were conducted by students and faculty members at the University of Alaska Anchorage in collaboration with community partners. While Alaska might not immediately come to mind when thinking about urban food issues, Anchorage is a city much like many others across the country – and it’s experiencing the same wave of interest in improving food security that is sweeping the rest of the nation. While situated in a breathtaking geographic location and populated by productive communities with rich and diverse food cultures, stakeholders are continuously searching out sustainable solutions to the common challenges of income disparity, housing and food access, public transportation, environmental injustice, cheap unhealthy foods, and high levels of food imports. The case studies described here respond directly to these challenges.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shannon Donovan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Renata Ballesteros-Lopez
    • 1
  • Liza Root
    • 1
  • Shaina Seidner
    • 1
  • Carol McCarty
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Hodges Snyder
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health SciencesUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA

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