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Roni A. Neff, PhD

Director, Food System Sustainability Program and Director of Research, Center for a Livable Future

Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Environmental Health Sciences
Health Policy and Management (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W7010
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


Center for a Livable Future website:

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PhD , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , 2006
ScM , Harvard School of Public Health , 1997


I am interested in understanding and changing food systems, particularly promoting environmental sustainability.  I am also interested in food system inequities and in strengthening the public health role in addressing these issues. I direct the Food System Environmental Sustainability program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF). I am leading multiple projects on the issue of wasted food, and also work on topics including Baltimore's food system, farm policy in public health context, and analyzing public communications regarding food system environmental threats, especially climate change.  

I am editing the textbook, Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, Equity on behalf of the CLF (Wiley-Jossey Bass, forthcoming 2014). I also manage research programs for the CLF including the CLF-Lerner Fellowships and directed research.    

I teach the courses, Baltimore Food Systems: Case Study in Urban Food Environments; and Food System Sustainability Practicum. 

Honors and Awards

Faculty Excellence in Service Learning Award, SOURCE, JHSPH 2014

Champion of the Month, May 2014, SOURCE, JHSPH

Excellence in teaching, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

SOURCE Service Learning Faculty Fellow 2012-13

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter

Victor P. Raymond Award in Health Policy

Food system, food waste, Farm Bill, climate change, agriculture, policy, communication, sustainability, health disparities, Baltimore, history, occupational injury and illness, resilience.

    Here are some of my publications that are not indexed in the PubMed link below.

  • Neff, RA. [Editor]. Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Public Health, Environment, Equity. [textbook] Wiley-Jossey Bass, forthcoming, 2014. 

    Authored chapters:

    Neff RA, Lawrence RS.  Introduction. 

    Neff RA, Palmer AM, McKenzie S, Lawrence RS.  The Food System and Health Inequities.

    Truant P, Neff RA. Food Environments.

  • Laestadius, LI, Neff, RA, Barry CL, Frattaroli, S. Meat consumption and climate change: the role of non-governmental organizations. Climatic Change. June 2013.

  • Kennelly M, Neff RA, Rutkow L. Strengthening Vendor Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Are Healthier Foods Within Reach? 16 J. Health Care L. & Pol’y. June 2013.

  • Neff RA, Carmona C, Kanter R*. Addressing soil impacts on public health: Issues & recommendations. In: Brevik E. and Burgess L., eds. (2012). Soils and Human Health. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

  • Kim B*, Neff RA. (2009). Measurement and communication of greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. food consumption via carbon calculators: A review of scope, methods and communication. Ecological Economics. 69(1) :186-196