Alessandro Rigolon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. His line of research centers on planning for urban green space and health equity, using an environmental justice lens. His current work covers three related areas: planning and policy determinants of (in)equitable park provision, drivers and resistance to gentrification fostered by new parks (i.e., green gentrification), and the public health impacts of urban green space on marginalized communities. Alessandro’s research focuses on planning efforts for a wide range of green spaces, including parks, greenways and trails, urban waters, street trees, and greened vacant lots.
Alessandro was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2017-2019) and California State University, Northridge (2015-2017). He received a Ph.D. in Design and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, and also holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of Bologna.