Samantha Biglieri is a PhD candidate in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo (UW), and has her master of planning from Ryerson. Samantha works for The Biglieri Group Ltd., a planning, development and project management firm and has practice experience in the private, NGO and research sectors, with a focus on land-use planning, feasibility analysis, policy, and strategic planning.
Samantha’s research is at the intersection of planning practice and public health – centred on the importance of creating fully accessible, inclusive and meaningful spaces to improve the wellbeing of all, no matter their ability, gender, age, socio-economic status, gender identity or ethnicity. Specifically, Samantha works with community-dwelling people living with dementia, seeking to understand the influence of the neighbourhood built environment on wellbeing, and then connecting this research to practice recommendations that planners can use to create more inclusive and just cities.
Samantha is active in the community, as part of the UW Symposium on Aging Research’s Organization Committee, an Advisory Committee member for the UW Network on Aging Research, a member of the Evergreen Age-Friendly City Working Group and Mid-Size Cities Research Collective as well as a Board Director for the Toronto Council on Aging.