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Richard Sadler

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research Associate, GIS Analyst

I am an urban geographer with a background in the environmental sciences, GIS, and food systems planning. I consider myself a life-long geographer/cartographer, and have long been concerned with the development of prosperous, healthy cities. My research interests arose out of this concern, and broadly include local food policy, economic development, and the relationship between the built environment and health. I frequently use GIS as a means to study these issues, though I am adept at both qualitative and statistical analysis.

My long-term research and teaching goals include building a portfolio focused on issues germane to the urban centers of the Great Lakes region. Some of these topics include access to healthy food, urban agriculture, local food networks/food policy councils, deindustrialization, racial segregation/inequality, and residential abandonment.

I am currently working on Dr. Jason Gilliland's "Smart APPetite" food literacy/healthy eating intervention project, as well as other community-level programs designed to improve health and build the economy. My recent community-oriented work has included consulting with the Genesee County (Michigan) Land Bank, the Genesee County Health Department, the City of Flint (Michigan) Master Plan, and several public health units throughout southwestern Ontario.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Geography, University of Western Ontario (2013)
  • BSc, Environmental Science and Planning, University of Michigan-Flint (2007)


  • Urban planning
  • Economic development
  • Built environment and health
  • Local food policy
  • Geographic information science