Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani

Zeenat  Kotval-Karamchandani
  • Assistant Professor
  • Urban & Regional Planning, School of Planning, Design & Construction
  • Ph.D., Urban Geography, Michigan State University
  • MA, Urban & Regional Planning, Michigan State University
  • MS, Hospitality Administration, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • 552 W. Circle Dr., Rm 404
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517.353.5460


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Current Research

Dr. Kotval-Karamchandani’s research interests lie in the environmental and health impacts of the built environment and human behavior. Additionally, her recent research areas extend transportation and travel accessibility to food security and well-being through increased mobility for older adults. She serves as a co-principle investigator on two grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation that look into the collective condition of the transit system in the State and conducting customer satisfaction surveys. She also is the principle Investigator on a recent grant from the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (jointly) that looks into the presence of transportation services and the prevalence of preventive healthcare attainment among older adults in various cities in the State of Michigan. Finally, Dr. Kotval-Karamchandani is the recipient of internal grants at Michigan State University and is actively conducting research on food deserts and access to food systems, both within the State of Michigan and internationally in the City of Mumbai, India.


  • Travel behavior
  • Mobility for the Aging Population
  • Accessibility to Food Systems