Megan has lived in 13 different cities during her life and is passionate about making cities more sustainable and healthy. Her first degree was a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University in 2008. After graduating she worked as an environmental management and remediation consultant for the oil and gas industry across Louisiana and United Arab Emirates. Then moving to Sydney, Australia in 2010, she study Master of Planning and Master of Built Environment (Sustainable Development) at the University of New South Wales in Australia, 2011 and 2012 respectively. In 2014, she was a fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
Over the last 10 years’ experience she has worked in sustainability across building resource management, strategic infrastructure and development planning, project management, research, and community engagement. As the leader of multiple community organisations in the USA and Australia, she was successful in developing tactical urbanism actions, creating greener and sustainable streets, securing major state funds for active travel networks, and lobbying government on environmental issues. She has published in magazines, journals, print and on-line news, and international conference.
In addition to her current studies, she is on the Board of Directors for the London Cycling Campaign, committee for her local community garden, and enjoys all the outdoor activities of London with her kids.
Megan is the recipient of the Urban Studies Research Scholarship in support of this doctoral research project.
Megan is comfortable teaching modules in methods for transport, transport policy and politics, land-use planning, urban planning and policy, socio-technical transitions, research methods including participatory methods, and tactical urbanism. She also has an interest in sustainability business cases, life cycle analysis, and the use of systems for city making.
Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning, University of Westminster, UK, 2019
Fellow, Centre for Sustainability Leadership, Sydney, 2014
Visiting Lecturer, Transport Policy and Politics, MSC Transport Planning and Management, University of Westminster, July 2019 to Jan. 2020
Teaching Assistant, Research Methods and Statistics, UG Criminology, University of Westminster, Jan. 2019 to May 2019
Guest Lecturer, Various, University of Westminster, Jan. 2019 to Dec. 2019
§ Qualitative Research Methods, UG, Urban Design & Urban Planning, Module leader: Dr. Krystallia Kamvasinou
§ The Great Planning Game, Course Planning Theory and Practice 2, Masters of Planning, Module leader: Dr. Johannes Novy
§ Transit Oriented Development, Course Land Use Planning, MSc, Module leader: Mengui Cao
Marker, Major Assessments (2500 words), UG Research Methods in Planning, University of Westminster, Feb. 2019, Module leader: Dr. Krystallia Kamvasinou
Assistant to Student as Co-Creators, University of Westminster, UK, Oct. 2017 to July 2018
§ Managed 9 different funded research projects where students and staff work in partnership to explore ways of improving learning and teaching at Westminster. As a supervisor for the program, I held workshops and regular meetings to guide them in the administrative and research methods for an organizational change project.
Guest Supervisor, UG Urban Design, University of Westminster, Dec. 2017 to present, Course Leader: Dr. Michael Neuman
§ Supervised and provided feedback on student assignment presentations
Guest Lecturer, Topic Building a Sustainable Business Case, UG ENVS3006 – Sustainability Theory and Practice, University of New South Wales, 2015 and 2016
iLEAD (International Leadership) Program: Building a Sustainable Business Case 2015 and 2016
Megan's research is focusing on the bottom-up community-led grassroots movements role in socio-technical transitions and its accompanying institutional change. It aims to understand barriers to grassroots movements creating urban infrastructure changes required for action towards attaining more resilient and sustainable cities. Whilst larger socio-technological innovation is required for climate change adaptation, my research will explore grassroots community movements involved in infrastructure changes, their niches in civil-society as defined by socio-technical transitions, and capacity to physically change the infrastructure. In order to examine these connections action research with a cycling transport infrastructure grassroots community movement will be used. The research aim is: to use action research to investigate grassroots movements overcoming institutional barriers to create sustainable urban infrastructure.
Whilst action research inherently change due to its cyclical nature of action and reflection, the objectives of this dissertation are:
- Identify institutional barriers to grassroots community movements creating sustainable urban infrastructure;
- Identify new tipping points for grassroots movements within socio-technical transitions;
- Examine the effectiveness and potential of life cycle analysis to overcome path dependencies of infrastructure within institutions.
Other research includes:
In addition to her own research, she supports other academic researchers on infrastructure and urban planning projects.
Previous projects include:
- Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) views on the Healthy Streets initiative by TFL under Dr. Rachel Aldred.
- Identifying best practice systems for infrastructure development connecting place-making to large infrastructure to drive economic, social, and environmental benefits of an urban growth region. This is a consortium project with WSP, Savills, P&A Consulting, and University of Westminster on the National Infrastructure Commissions Oxford to Cambridge corridor. http://www.eastwestarc.co.uk/
- Propensity to Cycle Tool workshop on behalf of Department for Transport under Dr. Rachel Aldred
- Case Study development for UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) on behalf of the Faculty of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster 2019
- Micromobility: a regulatory and safety review. London Cycling Campaign.
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.