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Daniel Warshawsky

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences

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Phone: (213) 740-2876
Office: AHF B55B

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Daniel N. Warshawsky is a lecturer in the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California where he teaches courses in geography and geographic information science and conducts his research on urban food systems. Daniel earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003), M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (2006), and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (2011).

Rapid urbanization of the planet has placed pressure on humanity to build ecologically sustainable, healthy, and socially just cities. In particular, key challenges associated with access to water, food, energy, and sanitation threaten the livability of the urban environment. Yet, while a range of institutions have gained political and financial support to achieve sustainability, improve health, and empower communities, it is unclear which organizations are best suited to achieve these goals. Moreover, institutions do not operate in silos, as a range of human-environmental processes shape their trajectories and socio-historical contexts.

To fill this gap, Daniel’s research critically examines the governance regimes and development discourses which shape how institutions operate in urban food systems. Through in-depth case studies in North America and Africa, he analyzes how state, private, and non-governmental organizations operate across scales and sectors to shape food systems in cities, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and Johannesburg. In his research, Daniel utilizes multiple methods, including in-depth interviews, surveys, ethnography, statistical analysis, and spatial analysis.

The results of these studies have been published in numerous academic outlets, such as The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Geoforum, Journal of Southern African Studies, and African Geographical Review. This work has been recognized by the Association of American Geographers (AAG); in 2012, he received the Best Dissertation in Urban Geography Award and was named a J. Warren Nystrom Award Finalist for the top dissertation in the field of geography. Most recently, in 2014, he was named as a grant award recipient as part of the AAG Annual Research Grant Competition.



Ph.D. , University of Southern California, 2011
M.S. , University of Wisconsin, 2006
B.A. , University of Illinois, 2003
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