Collective Approach to Complex Food System Issues, the Case of The Ohio State University


  • Julie M. Fox The Ohio State University



Food security, Sustainability, Engaged scholarship, University stewardship


Urban universities are uniquely positioned to make powerful and lasting contributions to the grand challenge of food security. To better understand the various dimensions related to the university’s role in food systems, this case study explores intentional linkages, significant developments, natural tensions, and emerging impacts at the Ohio State University. Discoveries from this analysis can guide urban university decision makers as they confront complex food system challenges. 

Author Biography

Julie M. Fox, The Ohio State University

Julie Fox, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and serves as an Associate Chair for the Department of Extension, leading OSU Extension in the City. She is part of OSU’s leadership group focused on OSU’s urban influence and mission. She has worked with OSU since 1998 and began focusing on food system research, education, and service.


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