Samantha Biglieri

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Previous Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Global Development Studies and Italian, Queen’s University
Master of Planning in Urban Development, Ryerson University

Roles

  • Participate as one of two PhD representatives in organizing events for doctoral students in the School of Planning
  • Coordinate weekly PhD lunches and social events each semester
  • Engage with the AGP in connecting current and future graduate students
  • Represent PhD students at School of Planning meetings

Research Interests

My research interests primarily straddle two fields – planning practice and public health – and is centered on the importance of creating fully accessible, inclusive and meaningful spaces in order to improve health outcomes for marginalized populations through built environment interventions.

Research Topic

My research at Waterloo is centered on understanding the lived experiences of people with dementia in their neighbourhoods, in order to aid planning practitioners in meeting their needs in public spaces. This is in response to an overwhelming desire of Canadians to ‘age-in-place’, therefore leading to an impetus to develop enabling environments to support people with dementia in this decision for as long as possible.