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Marcello Vecchio

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Project Manager

Western University

Marcello is a project manager at the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEALab) focusing on the Food Retail Environment Study for Health & Economic Resiliency (FRESHER). Marcello has been at Western since 2014, completing a BA in the Urban Development Program with honours and recently finishing up a graduate degree in Geography (MA) – focusing on how municipalities in Ontario respond to economic development and industrial decline. His research interests include local economic resiliency, the relationship between urban planning and economic development, and creating healthy communities through initiatives such as the adaptive reuse of former industrial buildings. This desire to understand how local economies can respond to complex economic transitions makes his role with the FRESHER project a perfect fit. In addition to research, Marcello also assists with project organization, coordinating work study students, and facilitating the FRESHER project to the stakeholders involved, as well as the general public.


  1. 2018

    BA - Honors Specialization in Urban Development

    Western University
  2. 2020

    MA - Geography

    Western University

Thesis-Related Publication

  1. Cleave, Evan; Vecchio, Marcello; Spilsbury, Duncan; Arku, Godwin. (2019). Manufacturing change and policy response in the contemporary economic landscape: how cities in Ontario, Canada, understand and plan for manufacturing. Regional Studies, Regional Science. 6. 469-495. 10.1080/21681376.2019.1668292.


  • 2019
    Edward G. Pleva Fellowship
    Western University - Department of Geography
  • 2018
    Dr. William R. Code Scholarship in Financial Feasibility of Urban Development
    Western University - Urban Development Program
  • 2018
    SIOR Urban Development Award
    Western University - Urban Development Program