Jeffrey P. Doshna, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Department of Community and Regional Planning at Temple University. He teaches courses in regional development, community development, community-based organizations, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and supervises the graduate planning studio.
His primary research area is community economic development with a focus on community development finance. Currently, he is researching the influences of neoliberalism on the practice of community development; his doctoral dissertation examined the development of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative and the subsequent Federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which both support the construction of supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods.
He has previously conducted research on microenterprise development, state economic development policy, and efforts to promote entrepreneurship in low-income neighborhoods. He has participated in grant-based research for the US EPA, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, NJ Department of Human Services, the US Economic Development Administration, the International Labour Organization, and has been published in the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Doshna is also actively engaged in planning practice. He has served on the Flemington (NJ) Planning Board since 2006, supporting the creation of its affordable housing element, its sustainability element, as well as the latest revision to the Borough's Master Plan in 2010. He was a founding member of the Flemington Environmental Commission in 2008, authored Flemington's Natural Resource Inventory (2010), and served as Chair for 3 years. As a leading member of the town's Green Team, he led the effort for its initial Bronze-level certification within the Sustainable Jersey Program in 2011. He regularly volunteers his time and expertise to other local planning initiatives, and serves on the boards of a number of community non-profits.
Dr. Doshna holds a BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University, having also completed requirements for the major in Geography. He holds both a Master's in City and Regional Planning and a Doctorate in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the Association of American Geographers.