Catherine Brinkley

Catherine Brinkley

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Community & Regional Development


Dr. Brinkley’s research centers around One Health, a concept that considers health shared among humans, animals and the environment. She is a veterinarian (VMD) and a city planner (PhD) who conducts spatial analyses to inform practice. Her work focuses on how agricultural and urban lands interface, and the public health consequences. She is pioneering a new method of building cities and protecting farmland. Her work is used internationally by the United National Food Agriculture Organization as well as local communities to guide plans and policies.

Dr. Brinkley’s lab group currently works on two main research projects investigating community food systems and district energy. Their research seeks to answer the broad question: how do food systems reorient diets and land-uses? Their findings are published in leading planning journals. 

Her research is supported by grants through the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2018); PEW Charitable Trusts, and National Institute of Health Environmental Health Sciences.

Please visit Dr. Brinkley’s webpage for more information about research and publications.  

Research Interests

  • Planning for Healthy Communities
    • Food Security: healthy food access, diet-related health, land-use planning
    • Community Energy: planning for distributed energy solutions, sustainable development


Awards and Honors

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Fellow (2017)

American Veterinary Medical Association, Policy Advocacy Internship on Capitol Hill (2014)

American Fulbright Fellowship (2005)

Watson Fellowship (2004)


Veterinary Medical Degree. University of Pennslyvania.


Ph.D., City and Regional Planning. University of Pennslyvania.


M.S., Virology. Göteborg University, Sweden.


B.A., Biology and Russian Area Studies. Wellesley College.

Curriculum Vitae

Faculty CV