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Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Specialty: Food Systems Policy and Planning

“The diverse fields, perspectives, and methodologies Momentum Center researchers bring to the table offer a rare opportunity to generate novel ways of conceiving and addressing our growing obesity epidemic.”

Lesli Hoey is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. Her research has examined strategies for mainstreaming nutrition into national policy agendas, the challenges of multisectoral food policy, approaches for integrating evidence-based and experiential knowledge in food and nutrition evaluation, and adaptive forms of food policy implementation. Professor Hoey has worked as a program evaluator and action researcher, focusing on equity in U.S. education as well as rural development, malnutrition, and food security in Latin America. She earned her MA and PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Dr. Hoey’s faculty profile

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
Specialty: Design Analytics for Ability in Architecture

U. Sean Vance is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at U-M’s Taubman College. His current research focuses on the influence of design standards and policies associated with human factors in the use of products and built environments, as well as how a universal design approach can be utilized to redefine access for a larger spectrum of physical difference. Sean is an adviser and liaison with the University of Michigan Medical Innovation Center, assisting fellows with spatial considerations for prototypes in development. Sean received his BArch from the University of Tuskegee and an MArch from North Carolina State University.

U. Sean Vance’s faculty profile