Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

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The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is an interdisciplinary academic center dedicated to research, education, program, advocacy, and communication work that focuses on issues at the intersection of food systems and public health. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center was founded in 1996. According to its website, the Center’s “work is driven by the concept that public health, diet, food production and the environment are deeply interrelated and that understanding these relationships is crucial in pursuing a livable future.”[1]

The Center’s director, Robert S. Lawrence, MD, is the Center for a Livable Future Professor, and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy, and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.[2]

Since 2003, the CLF Doctoral Fellowship Program has been a core activity for the Center. The program has been successful in stimulating research and in supporting young public health professionals to complete their doctoral programs with a focus on food system and public health issues. Fellowship awards may include tuition support, stipend, and/or research project support.

Examples of key projects implemented by the Center include: The Industrial Food Animal Production Project, The Public Health & Sustainable Aquaculture Project, The Aquaponics Project, The Agriculture & Public Health Policy Project, The Baltimore Food & Faith Project, the Maryland Food System Mapping Project, the Farm Bill Budget Visualizer, Teaching the Food System, and a community-supported agriculture (CSA) project. In addition, the Center serves as a scientific and technical advisor to the national Meatless Monday Campaign.[3]


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