Rodrigo Cantarero, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning/Architecture

Rodrigo Cantarero earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California in urban and regional planning. He currently teaches community research and development in the Community and Regional Planning graduate program at UNL. Cantarero also serves as the director of UNL’s Latino Research Initiative. He has formerly served as project director of UNL’s Community Outreach Partnership Center, director of planning at the Ministry of Housing and Human settlements, and advisor to the minister of Economics and president of the Central Bank of Nicaragua.

Cantarero is presently involved in researching quality of life issues in small towns that have experienced an influx of immigration, primarily Hispanic. He has previously developed several survey-based special health reports documenting the health characteristics and risk factors of racial/ethnic minority populations for communities throughout Nebraska. He is interested in the contextual effect of the surrounding environment (neighborhood) on behavior and outcomes in health and education.