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 currently does not teach, however she has previous teaching, workshop, and advisory experience.
- Student as Co-Creators, 2017 - 2018, The project provides students an opportunity to research teaching methods at the university and through their research propose improvements to teaching and learning.
- Champions4Change, 2015 - 2017, a 600+ person volunteer program, which I regularly held workshops and advised champions on actions.
- Delivered two executive workshops with three and eight people, three festivals with 20 - 40 people each, and four volunteer workshops of 10 - 80 people each.
- Co-ordinated over 10 events ranging from 10 people to over 3000 people gaining local and international media attention for nine of them.
- iLEAD Program – Building a Sustainable Business Case (4 lectures per year), 2016
- ENVS3006 – Sustainability Theory and Practice, 2015 & 2016
- Mayfield Business Association Breakfast, 2016
- Government silos and cost-benefit analysis limiting delivery of cycling transitions City+ Conference, September 2018
- Using action research to evaluate (and empower) grassroots movement's role in socio-technical transitions - a methodological approach, AESOP 2018, July 2018
- Boosting Cycling Activity in the UK: Improving Safety, Infrastructure and Accessibility, Public Policy Exchange, April 2018
- Lunaticks Live – Episode 3 - New Urban Infrastructure, April 2016
- Streets 2.0 NSW , Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, December 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.
Current projects include:
- 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
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.