Adrian Buttazzoni

PhD Candidate, School of Planning
Adrian Buttazzoni
  • Master of Science, Health and Rehabilitation Science (Health Promotion), University of Western Ontario (2018)
  • Double Major Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography and Political Science, University of Western Ontario (2016)

Planning Interests

  • Built Environment
  • Urban Health
  • Environment Psychology
  • Youth Health

Research Topic

My research investigates the pathways by which different urban environments, characteristics, and designs impact the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents using neuroscientific, statistical, and qualitative methods. Additionally, I am interested in youth physical activity (e.g., active transportation), public health planning policy, and intervention-based research. Outside of my planning and public health interests, and as a student currently enrolled in the Certificate in University Teaching program, I am also interested in the topics of student resilience and motivation.


All of Adrian's publications can be found here:

  • Buttazzoni, A., Dean, J., & Minaker, L. (2022). Urban design and adolescent mental health: a qualitative examination of adolescent emotional responses to pedestrian-and transit-oriented design and cognitive architecture concepts. Health & Place76, 102825.
  • Buttazzoni, A., Ellard, C., Sadiora, S., & Minaker, L. (2022). Toward conceptualizing “place immersion” as a spatial neuropsychosocial phenomenon: A multidisciplinary meta-review and-synthesis. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 101810.
  • Buttazzoni, A., Parker, A., & Minaker, L. (2021). Investigating the mental health implications of urban environments with neuroscientific methods and mobile technologies: A systematic literature review. Health & Place70, 102597.
  • Buttazzoni, A. N., Clark, A. F., Seabrook, J. A., & Gilliland, J. A. (2019). Promoting active school travel in elementary schools: A regional case study of the school travel planning intervention. Journal of Transport & Health, 12, 206-219.
  • Buttazzoni, A., Arku, G., & Cleave, E. (2019). Practitioners’ perspectives on in-house versus arm’s-length structures of local economic development delivery in Ontario, Canada. Local Government Studies, 45(6), 913-936.
  • Buttazzoni, A., Tariq, U., Thompson-Haile, A., Burkhalter, R., Cooke, M., & Minaker, L. (2020). Cannabis use and stigma among Canadian high school students: Results from the 2015 and 2017 Cancer Risk Assessment in Youth Survey. Addictive Behaviors, 106547.
  • Buttazzoni, A., Veenhof, M., & Minaker, L. (2020). Smart City and High-Tech Urban Interventions Targeting Human Health: An Equity-Focused Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(7), 2325.


  • Buttazzoni A., Youth mental health and the urban environment: A review of relevant concepts, theories, methods, and current approaches, and a way forward. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning,* November 6, 2020, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (*virtual conference)
  • Panelist for the “STEC Scholarship Panel Event”. Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. September 17, 2020, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (*virtual panel discussion)
  • Buttazzoni A., Coen SE, and Gilliland J. Supporting Active School Travel: A Qualitative Analysis of Implementing a Regional Safe Routes to School Program (Poster Presentation). London Health Research Day, May 10, 2018, London, ON.
  • Buttazzoni A., ELMO ASRTS Program Evaluation (2016-2018). Elgin-St.Thomas-London-Middlesex-Oxford Active and Safe Routes to School 2nd Annual Knowledge Exchange, April 10, 2018, London ON.
  • Buttazzoni A., Shah T, and Gilliland J. The Use of GIS and Spatial Methods in Active School Travel Research: A Rapid Review. ESRI: GIS in Education and Research Conference, October 11, 2017, Toronto ON.
  • Buttazzoni A., and Arku G. In-house vs Arms-length? A Comparative Analysis of Economic Development Models in Ontario, Canada. UWO Geography Course 3465F, Oct 6, 2016, London, ON.
  • Buttazzoni A., and Arku G. In-house vs Arms-length? A Comparative Analysis of Economic Development Models in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Association of Geographers – Ontario (CAGONT) Conference, October 23-24, 2015, Ottawa, ON.