Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Dr. Lesli Hoey is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Urban and Regional Planning. She received her Ph.D. in Regional Planning and her M.R.P. from Cornell University. Dr. Hoey is particularly interested in the intersection of food policy advocacy, planning, implementation, and evaluation. She uses food systems as a lens to study the socio-political and institutional factors that mediate the ability of citizen planners and professional planners to achieve a more equitable, sustainable and healthy society. Her current projects examine collaborative initiatives aiming to improve healthy food access and strengthen Michigan's local food economies; the historical design and implementation of innovative land redistribution plan in Bolivia; and factors influencing Bolivia's dual burden - the persistence of undernutrition alongside the rise in obesity in rapidly urbanizing metropolitan areas.