Luke Drake

Luke Drake, Geography Department
Assistant Professor
(818) 677-3508
Office location:
Sierra Hall, Room 130-C



  • Ph.D. 2015, Geography, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • M.A. 2010, Geography, University of Miami
  • B.S. 2002, Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Geog 206: Introduction to GIS
  • Geog 300: Geographer’s Craft (Research Design)
  • Geog 334: Geography of Oceania
  • Geog 351: Urban Geography
  • Geog 404: Field Studies in Los Angeles
  • Geog 404: Field Studies in Vanuatu
  • Geog 490: Senior Project
  • Geog 497: Mixed Methods
  • Geog 497: Critical GIS


Drake, L., Liunakwalaua, H., and Hango Hango Community Association. 2022. Locating the traditional economy in Port Vila, Vanuatu: Disaster relief and agrobiodiversity. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Accepted for publication.

Drake, L. 2020. Visualizing and analyzing diverse economies with GIS: A resource for performative research. In The Handbook of Diverse Economies, (eds) J.K. Gibson-Graham and K. Dombrosk, pp. 493-501. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Drake, L. 2019. Network analysis of local food in California: A study of farmers' markets in Los Angeles and their farm supply chains. California Geographer 58: 1-20.

Drake, L. 2019. Surplus labor and subjectivity in urban agriculture: Embodied work, contested work. Economic Geography 95(2), 179-200.

Drake, L., Ravit, B., and Lawson, L. 2016. Developing a vacant property inventory through productive partnerships: A university, NGO, and municipal planning collaboration in Trenton, New Jersey. Cities and the Environment (CATE) 8(2), Article 6. Available at:

Lawson, L.Drake, L., and Fitzgerald, N. 2016. Foregrounding community-building in community food security: A case study of the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market and Esperanza Garden. In Cities of Farmers: Problems, Possibilities and Processes of Producing Food in Cities. Edited by Alfonso Morales and Julie Dawson. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press. Invited chapter.

Drake, L. and Lawson, L. 2015. Best practices in community garden management to address participation, water access, and outreach. Journal of Extension 53 (6)

Drake, L., Ravit, B., Dikidjieva, I., and Lawson, L. 2015. Urban greening supported by GIS: From data collection to policy implementation. AIMS Environmental Science 2(4), 910-934. Invited article.

Drake, L., and Lawson, L. 2015. Results of a U.S. and Canada community garden survey: Shared challenges in garden management amid diverse geographical and organizational contexts. Agriculture and Human Values 32 (2), 241-254

Lawson, L., and Drake, L. 2015. From beets in the Bronx to chard in Chicago: The discourse and practice of growing food in the American city. In Food in the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation (pp. 143-162). Edited by Dorothée Imbert. Washington D.C.: Harvard University and Dumbarton Oaks

Drake, L. 2014. Governmentality in urban food production: Following “community” from intentions to outcomes. Urban Geography 35 (2), 177-196.

Drake, L., and Lawson, L. Validating verdancy or vacancy? The relationship of community gardens and vacant lands in the U.S. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. 40, Part B (0):133-142. Invited article.

Barron, E., Drake, L., and Morrow, O. 2014. Introduction to the symposium. Book symposium on Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming our Communities by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2013. Social and Cultural Geography 15 (8), 966-967. Invited article.


 Field Research for Mapping Urban Food Economies project, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 2017

               Luke Drake standing in front of a projected map, lecturing in Port Vila, Vanuatu, 2017

Field research for Network Geography of Farmers’ Markets project, Summer 2016.

Field research for Network Geography of Farmers’ Markets project, Summer 2016.               Field research for Network Geography of Farmers’ Markets project, Summer 2016.

Photos by Luis Garcia