Fernando Burga Discusses Urban Food Deserts on UROC's Rules of Engagement

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Fernando Burga, former IAS Residential Faculty Fellow, was recently a guest on the Rules of Engagement podcast produced by the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC).

Burga, an Assistant Professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, joined host and UROC executive director Makeda Zulu to discuss his research into fast food and urban food deserts. Along with R. Root Garden co-founder Queen Frye, they are working to empower Minneapolis residents to advocate for a healthier and more culturally relevant food landscape.

While a member of the Spring 2020 cohort at the Institute for Advanced Study, Burga developed a project titled "Mapping Transportation Accessibility for Culturally Relevant and Healthy Foods in Rural MN: Towards a Mixed-Methods Research Toolkit." The IAS proved to be a laboratory where Burga could test ideas and consider new resources for his work. Along with members of his cohort, he explored new research methods, ways of analyzing data, and modes of writing. 

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