Michael Vingiello

Research Associate

Michael Vingiello joined the Institute as a Research Associate on the Human Dimensions team. A Baton Rouge native, Michael has a special interest in solving persistent problems on a local and regional scale. His areas of interest are community well-being, equality of access, socioeconomic disparities, environmental justice, fluvial trends and processes, design, and disaster planning and response. He brings quality research experience from a humanities and social sciences background applied through geospatial analysis.

An LSU Geography and Interdisciplinary Studies graduate with minors in economics, history, and Spanish, Michael previously worked as a research assistant and GIS analyst with the Coastal Sustainability Studio at LSU. At the Coastal Sustainability Studio he worked on design projects and on researching changes in Louisiana’s river network. He previously did geospatial research on access to medical care services in the Baton Rouge Metro Area, with a book chapter publication to be released soon.

Vingiello has experience creating and managing emergency response networks in rural Louisiana parishes with the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute. Additionally, he has worked as a supplemental instructor in the LSU Geography and Anthropology Department, where he assisted in teaching Physical Geography of the Atmosphere. While studying at Swansea University in Wales, he researched regional economic temporal changes in the UK.

His primary goal at the Institute is to apply research on the community level to assist those dealing with anthropogenic and environmental hazards.