Food Innovation Center

Collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world.

Michelle Kaiser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Social Work
College of Social Work


Full Member
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Food Security
Areas of Expertise: community food security, health disparities related to food insecurity, food accessibility and availability, consequences of food insecurity, local food production and food security

My research is rooted in social and environmental justice. I research ways communities can ensure a safe, affordable, healthy food supply for all residents using sustainable models that also address health and food access disparities. I come from a social work and public health perspective, but cannot imagine my work without expertise from other fields.  I have worked with geographers, policy analysts, sociologists, dietitians, public health workers, non-profit and government agencies, community developers, ag economists, and much more.  I hope to combine my passion for the work with research to truly make a difference in Ohio and across the globe.  

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A tale of two food environments: Differences in food availability and food shopping behaviors between food insecure and food secure households

Newly published paper from FIC funded food mapping project Read more

Michelle Kaiser Receives 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

FIC member Dr. Michelle Kaiser has received the 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. Read more

FIC Food Mapping Project Featured in Columbus Monthly

The Food Mapping Project, led by Michelle Kaiser, was featured in Columbus Monthly. Read more

FIC Project Seeks Better Understanding of Columbus Residents' Food Access

An ambitious OSU research project hopes to gain a better understanding of how and where residents of central Columbus get their food, and what factors influence their decisions about what they eat. Read more

Michelle Kaiser Embraces Collaboration to Increase Food Security

Joining the FIC was an easy decision for Michelle Kaiser, a newly appointed Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work. Kaiser had already been collaborating with FIC member Colleen Spees during her doctoral candidacy at the University of Missouri on "Food Choices and Health Status of Food Insecure Families in Central Ohio." Read more

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