Dr. Mahbubur Meenar has spent the last decade developing applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other technologies to urban and regional analysis. His research interests include (i) food justice and food systems planning, (ii) urban watershed planning and green stormwater infrastructure, (iii) GIS, mixed-methods, visualization, geodesign, and environmental modeling; (iv) e-engagement, digital social network, and organizational network, and (v) sustainable community planning and design.
He joined the Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) at Temple University in 2002 with responsibilities for GIS research and education, grant writing, and web site design. He is the Principal Investigator and or lead GIS specialist on dozens of funded research projects. He has received research funding from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Philabundance, Upper Dublin Township, and Temple University.
His work has been published in Journal of Planning Literature, Landscape and Urban Planning, Environmental Management, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Transport Policy, Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (Michalos, ed., 2014), Local Food Geographies: Concepts, Spatial Context, and the Local practices (Reid et al, eds., 2012), The Handbook of Research on Geoinformatics (Karimi, ed. 2008), Artificial Crime Analysis Systems: Using Computer Simulations and Geographic Information (Liu and Eck, eds. 2008), Encyclopedia of World Poverty (Odekom, ed. 2006) and Planning.
Dr. Meenar teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in GIS, Urban Design, Sustainable Community Design and Development, and Internet and Digital Technologies at the Department of Community and Regional Planning (CRP). He has also conducted professional GIS application workshops at Temple University. He oversees CRP student tech fee and organizes departmental activities at the annual EarthFest event, which draws 12,000 students to campus for a day of environmental education. In addition, he has served as a Temple University Faculty Mentor, a voting member of the Ambler Campus Sustainability Council, and a member of Montgomery Township Environmental Advisory Committee and Delaware Valley Regional Food Systems Planning Stakeholder Committee.
Dr. Meenar earned a bachelor degree in Architecture from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 1997 and later joined as a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Planning at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. He also worked as a professional architect from 1997 to 1999. He received a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) with a specialization in Information Technology and GIS in 2002. He worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Urban Studies and the Regional Institute at SUNY Buffalo from 2000 to 2002 and as a Planning Intern in Lee County, Florida. He earned a doctoral degree in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University in 2014. His dissertation topic was "Food Justice in Post-Industrial US Cities: The Role of Nonprofit Organizations".