Food Innovation Center

Collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world.

Karl Ola Ahlqvist, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Geography
College of Arts and Sciences

Director, Service-Learning Initiative

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(614) 247-7997
ahlqvist.1@osu.edu

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Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Food Security
Areas of Expertise: semantic uncertainty, spatial analysis, visualization of vague information, participatory mapping, service-learning

Studies of so called "food deserts" have so far been limited to consider only proximity to retail locations and some demographic factors. This fails to fully recognize the multilayered complexities of food security and accessibility. In my work I seek to approach these issues through multidisciplinary collaboration with nutrition and dietetics, community health, and clinical medicine experts in an attempt to identify the complex factors related to childhood hunger.

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